The Oral Hearing for the licence granted for
a 100,000 tonne hazardous waste incinerator and a 100,000 tonne municipal
waste incinerator at Ringaskiddy, Co Cork, will commence at the Great
Southern Cork Airport Hotel at 11.30am today, 14 February, 2005.
At the hearing CHASE will highlight several issues
covered in its objection submission including:
- No Body to Monitor the Health of the
People of Cork
CHASE will tell the people of Cork there is no government organisation
responsible for taking care of their health, not the Department
of Health, Department of the Environment, the EPA or the Health
and Safety Authority.
- Risks to public safety that the Incinerator
These findings were already the subject of a previous An Bord Pleanala
Oral Hearing where the Senior Planner found there were serious risks
to public safety and found the site to be unsuitable due to flooding,
coastal erosion and thermal inversions.
- Question Mark Over Integrity of Oral
CHASE will highlight that for the community to be convinced about
the integrity of the process of the oral hearing, the previously
mentioned risks must be included in any rational deliberations about
the licence. To exclude the findings of the Senior Planner is bizarre.
- Lack of Trust in Incinerator Company
Chase will point out that we cannot trust the company building the
incinerator. The are motivated by profit and have looked for economic
advantage by seeking to increase the volumes of waste to be burned
and stored on the site, increasing risks to public safety.
- Second Incinerator Sneaking
in the Back Door
Allowing Indaver to operate a second incinerator (a 100,000 tonne
municipal waste incinerator) under this draft licence, when no planning
permission has been given seems to imply exempted status for this
development. This is an insult to democracy and either deceitful
or incompetent on the part of the EPA.
A number of other groups are to make presentations
to the hearing, including Cork Environmental Alliance, An Taisce,
Ringaskiddy Residents Association, and other local groups opposing
For further information:
Mary Hurley, CHASE PRO, 021 4813070 086 8162448
Mary O’Leary, CHASE Chairperson, 021 4811952 086 8177737