CHASE Press Release - 15-06-09
Explosive evidence was presented at this mornings Oral Hearing by Mr Peter Daly, Chief Emergency Management Officer for the HSE (Health Services Executive), South, whose function in that role is to prepare emergency plans for the HSE for all type of Major Emergencies. Mr Daly said that distances claimed to be safe by Indaver would be regarded as well inside the danger zones by Public Response Agencies in the event of an accident or emergency.
Mr Daly said that should an accident occur, response plans prepared by Principle Response Agencies would define a 'Warm Zone' that "in this instance will at least include the public road" and "will carefully consider the risk of allowing even their own staff into that Warm Zone". The Warm Zone is described as being inside the 'Inner Cordon' where "airborne concentrations above which the general population could experience irreversible or other serious effects occur". Mr Daly also said:
Mr Daly is a former Defense Forces Engineering Officer and served as a Chemical Weapons Inspector to UNSCOM in Iraq. He holds a postgraduate qualification in Mechanical Engineering, and has made a study of the Seveso Legislation and related matters. He stressed that he made his submission as a private individual, but that the detailed knowledge he has in relation to Sevesco issues is a result of his education, training, experience and derived from his current HSE responsibilities.
Outlining the process by which Principle Response Agencies prepare emergency plans at Seveso sites, which use the Public Safety Zone as a basis for emergency response, Mr Daly said "The Public Safety Zone (PSZ) addresses low probability scenarios. These incidents may however be of high consequence. In the unlikely event of an incident occurring there will be casualties with varying degrees of injury. The Public Safety Zone consists essentially of three zones i.e. Hot, Warm and Cold (Zones). Distances claimed as safe in the application would be regarded by the Public Response Agencies in emergency response as well inside a PSZ Warm circle. The area that they would regard as being in a 'warm zone' would be significantly greater than the perimeter of the plant."
Mr Daly also highlighted that in planning an
emergency response, the Public Response Agencies must provide for
primary and secondary access as a basic tenet. He said "This
principle is not achievable in the proposed site. The area is effectively
a cul-de-sac with only one entry point and if that entry point along
the Ringaskiddy road is compromised then the Public Response Agencies
will be significantly affected with the potential of very serious
Alan Watson, Engineer spoke in the afternoon
and challenged the classification of the proposal as a recover rather
than a disposal option. He also raised the issue of the possible classification
of all incinerator ash as Hazardous and said that "The English
Environment Agency has admitted it does not 'have 100% confidence'
in its classification of incinerator bottom ash as non hazardous waste."
Harbour Alliance for a Safe Environment