- Unstable or weak soils, such as organic
soil, soft clay or clay-sand mixtures, clays that lose strength
with compaction, clays with a shrink-swell character, sands subject
to subsidence and hydraulic influence, and soils that lose strength
with wetting or shock.
- Subsidence owing to solution-prone subsurfaces,
subsurface mines (for coal, salt and sulphur) and water, oil or
- Saturated soils, as found in coastal or riverine
- Groundwater recharge, as in areas with outcrops
of aquifers of significant or potential use, considering water availability
and regional geology (where an impermeable or retarding layer shields
the aquifer from the land surface, a specific site analysis should
- Flooding, as in flood plains or hydraulic
encroachment, coastal or riverine areas with a history of flooding
every 100 years or less, and areas susceptible to stream-channel
or storm encroachment (even if not historically subject to flooding).
- Surface water, which precludes sites above
an existing reservoir or a location designated as a future reservoir,
or above an intake for water used for human or animal consumption
or agriculture and within a distance that does not permit response
to a spill based on high-flow (most rapid) time of travel.
- Atmospheric conditions, such as inversions
or other conditions that would prevent the safe dispersal of an
- Major natural hazards, such as volcanic action,
seismic disturbance (of at least VII on the modified Mercalli scale)
- Natural resources, such as the habitats of
endangered species, existing or designated parks, forests and natural
or wilderness areas.
- Agricultural or forest land of economic or
- Historic locations or structures, locations
of archaeological significance and locations or land revered in
- Sensitive installations, such as those storing
flammable or explosive materials, and airports.
- Stationary populations, such as those of
hospitals and correctional institutions.
- Inequity resulting from an imbalance of unwanted
facilities of un-related function or from damage to a distinctive
and irreplaceable culture or to people’s unique ties to a
The Ringaskiddy site fails on 13 of the 14 above
exclusionary criteria. Strict adherence to these criteria is vital
to the safety of host communities. This is the caveat on which the
WHO base any of their support for incineration. That the Ringaskiddy
incinerators have failed at the first critical hurdle means that no
conditions imposed by the EPA will ever make them safe.
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