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CHASE is an alliance of groups dedicated to protecting the health of their communities and safeguarding the Cork Harbour environment for future generations. Our overall aims are to:

  • Prevent toxic waste incinerator in Cork Harbour
  • Promote awareness of alternative solutions
  • Increase national/local opposition to incineration
  • Actively promote non-burn solutions.

CHASE was formed in October 2001. We are represented at a local level by groups in Carrigaline, Cobh, Cork, Crosshaven, Douglas, Kinsale, Midleton, Monkstown/Passage/Glenbrook, Ringaskiddy and Youghal.

These groups are your voice in the campaign for a safe environment, and most urgently, for preventing construction of a hazardous waste incinerator at Ringaskiddy.

Our current campaign
Currently, our main campaign relates to the proposed construction by Indaver of a Hazardous Waste Incinerator at Ringaskiddy on Cork Harbour. Our concerns about the development include:

  • International guidelines (World Health Organisation) indicate that the site in Ringaskiddy is unsuitable.
  • Health studies suggest that the dioxin, heavy metals, and particulate matter emitted from incinerators are harmful to our health.
  • International and national waste management policies envisage incineration as a last resort, to be used only when all other options have been exhausted.

Despite these facts, An Bord Pleanala granted permission for the development, against the detailed advice of their own Senior Planning Inspector, and despite the objections of over 23,000 people and the refusal of planning permission by Cork County Council.

Our message is simple. An incinerator in Cork Harbour is:


There are safer, better ways of dealing with our waste.
Unsafe It poses a risk to public safety; and pollution from the process can cause birth and heart defects, learning difficulties in children, cancers and respiratory problems.
Unacceptable 23,000 people said NO to planning permission; Cork County Council REFUSED planning permission; One of Ireland's senior planners gave 14 solid planning reasons why it should NOT BE BUILT.

CHASE has campaigned vigorously against the proposed incinerator: raising awareness, lobbying our elected representatives, and making detailed, reasoned objections to the planning authority and Oral Hearing. All our work is funded by voluntary donations and fundraising activities.


Cork Harbour Alliance for a Safe Environment
Bishop's Road, Cobh, Co. Cork
Tel - 021 481 5564      Email -
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