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
- 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