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PRESS RELEASE - November 4, 2004

CHASE To Invite Environment Minister to Ringaskiddy To View Site

Minister for Defense, Mr Willie O’Dea, speaking at Haulbowline Naval Base yesterday, said that he didn’t feel the Ringaskiddy site was an appropriate site for the proposed Hazardous Waste Incinerator.

CHASE Chairperson Mary O’Leary said “We, the people who live in Cork Harbour, have been arguing that this site is unsuitable all along. We are delighted to see a Senior Government Minister coming to the same logical conclusion. In expressing his personal opinion, Minister O’Dea joins a long list of institutions and individuals concluding that the Ringaskiddy site is not suitable for the proposed project.”

  • The site fails WHO site selection criteria. One of many reasons for this is its proximity to the National Maritime College.
  • Cork County Council voted the site did not merit a Material Contravention of the County Development Plan.
  • An Bord Pleanala Senior Planning Inspector Mr Philip Jones gave 14 reasons why the project should not get planning, 10 of which related to the location of the site. He specifically referred to flooding and this happened last week - ”…it is considered that the site, by reason of its topography, its climatic conditions, its geological and hydrogeological characteristics, and the risk of erosion and flooding of parts of the stie, would be fundamentally unsuitable to accommodate the proposed development” (No 9, Conclusion and Recommendation to Inspectors Report)
  • Dr Paul Johnston, Head of Research, Greenpeace Research Laboratories, Exeter University, UK stated that with one possible exception, topographically he had never seen a worse choice of site for locating an incinerator.
  • Mr Batt O’Keeffe, who is now Junior Minister at the Department of the Environment, has actively argued from the outset that this incinerator should not be built at Ringaskiddy.

“We would now like to invite the Environment Minister, Mr Dick Roche, to come down and see the Ringaskiddy site, and see why it is so clearly unsuitable for a project of such a potentially high risk nature.” said Ms O’Leary.

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For further information contact:
Linda FitzPatrick, CHASE PRO Tel: 021 4374506 Mobile: 087 7410849
Mary O’Leary, Chairperson, CHASE Tel: 021 4811952 Mobile: 086 8177737


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