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PRESS RELEASE - 14/02/05
CHASE to Challenge EPA on Health at Incinerator Oral Hearing

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 will pose
    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 Hearing
    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 the incinerator.

For further information:
Mary Hurley, CHASE PRO, 021 4813070 086 8162448
Mary O’Leary, CHASE Chairperson, 021 4811952 086 8177737


Cork Harbour Alliance for a Safe Environment
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