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Apple is being criticized for trying to justify its placement of a data center in Ireland, by keeping it as far away from nuclear facilities as it can. According to one document, Apple chose to construct the data center at Athenry, County Galway as the best possible location, despite an apparent requirement for it to be at least 320 kilometers (198.8 miles) away from the nearest nuclear facility, though complaints suggest this to be not only a made-up detail to justify the location, but that the chosen plot is also within the supposed range of one nuclear site.
Apple's Irish data center plans are vital for the company's future expansion across Europe, according to a document detailing Apple's response to objections over the center's construction. An "opening statement" from Robert Sharpe, senior director for global data center services, to an oral hearing advises the center is needed to keep up with the huge demand for Apple services, including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay, and iCloud.
Apple has defended its plans to construct a data center in Ireland, over concerns about its energy usage. Environmental concerns were brought up early in an oral hearing about the center with An Bord Pleanala, a regulator that deals with planning decisions made by local authorities, but the main issue brought up concerns the center's energy demands, which critics suggest could impact the electricity prices of consumers across the country.
Apple has made two moves over its iCloud business recently: it has taken a significant amount of it away from Amazon, and moved it to Google. Additionally, there are reports of Apple's already large server effort growing its own. A new initiative, said to be called Project McQueen internally, appears to be Apple's in-house plan to store all of its customer-facing data on its own server data center.
A government planning regulator in Ireland has asked Apple to provide more detail about its data center plans, a report claims. According to leaked documents, An Bord Pleanála has delayed the decision it was going to make this month over a planning decision appeal in favor of one that will take place in May, with a letter from the regulator sent to Arup Consulting Engineers, the team working on the project on behalf of Apple, requesting extra information.
A billion-dollar Apple data center in Ireland is currently on hold due to delays by the local environmental review board over concerns about the impact of the construction on local wildlife. Although the company received permission to build up to eight "data halls" or server buildings (approximately 263,000 square feet each) on the site, local residents registered concerns that the construction of the center will harm the local population of badgers, bats, and other animals. Local activists have called Apple's original environmental impact assessment (EIS) "inadequate," but the board (An Bord Pleanála) has been delaying a decision on the matter.
Apple has filed for a permit to re-double its 412,000 square-foot existing data center cluster in Reno, Nevada. The site has always had the possibility of expansion available to it, but the new filing indicates that Apple plans to build yet another data center alongside the existing two of roughly similar size. The current facility, which has been online for some time but is not yet listed as officially finished, was called "Project Mills" during construction. The new adjacent site will be known as "Project Huckleberry."
A local community newspaper has reported that Apple has closed a deal on an additional 200 acres of land in Prineville, Oregon, adjacent to the company's existing data center. The sale was completed for $3.6 million, according to Crook County Judge Michael McCabe, who is also chairman of the county commission. The county sold the tract to Apple, which back in April filed an application that declared its intention to expand the Prineville facility.
Apple is planning to build a single-story, 263,770-square-foot data center near the town of Athenry in County Galway in Ireland that is expected to be completed in 2017, but some residents of nearby communities have expressed concerns with the company's Environmental Impact Statement, saying that proposed generators that will help make the plant run entirely on renewable resources, as well as the development itself, may cause problems.
While details are sparse, five people were injured in a chlorine leak that occurred at the Apple data center in Maiden, North Carolina on Monday, according to local news reports. The leak was reported about 2:30PM ET, and may have been connected to a water purification system. The 183-acre facility, which Apple has run since 2010, is one of the largest data centers -- and renewable energy farms -- in the United States.