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CHASE Press Release - 21 October 2010

COMMUNITY REQUESTS FOR EXTENSION TO 27 OCTOBER DEADLINE DENIED – Community Given 6 Weeks, Indaver Given Over 6 Months.

Requests to An Bord Pleanala to grant an extension to community groups opposing Indavers application to build two incinerators in Ringaskiddy have been refused, despite the fact that Indaver’s requests for extra time in April 2010 were facilited with over 3 months extension until August 3 2010, on top of an initial 3 month period.

Several groups within CHASE requested an extension to the 27th October 2010 deadline, to allow adequate time to examine what An Bord Pleanala deemed ‘significant information’ submitted by Indaver Ireland. The requests were refused by letter from An Bord Pleanala. CHASE groups are extremely concerned because:

• Community groups have been granted only six weeks to consider and respond to what took Indaver over six months to prepare.
• The Board requested that Indaver REMOVE plans for the Municipal Waste Incinerator, and submit flooding and coastal erosion mitigation measures. Indaver’s submission however INCLUDES provision for a municipal waste incinerator and states that in line with “future proofing and common sense, this revised and reduced scale of development does remain capable of accommodating such facilities [as a municipal waste incinerator] at this site”
• Indavers modifications consist primarily of:
- raising the road but failing to assessment the flood impact of this
- dumping a mound of boulders on Gobby beach as coastal erosion ‘mitigation measures’, rendering half the beach ineffective
- Reducing the physical plant size, while maintaining provision for, and including equipment for a Muicipal Waste Incinerator

A spokesperson for CHASE said “The whole process remains frustrating in the extreme. Despite an exhaustive oral hearing in 2009 and the decisions made by the Board, including to disallow municipal incineration at Ringaskiddy and indeed the apparent acceptance of the issue of flood risk etc., the Board now appear to be indulging the applicants in a manner that seems to suggest either complicity or an abuse of process and/or bias in favour of the applicant.

Indavers document and supporting material in response to the ever-accommodating request by the Bord in January 2010 for “modifications to and further information about the project” amounts to a different concept with altered ramifications and by any normal criteria should be subject to a new application.”

All of the fundamentals of the totally unsuitable site remain, including the congested size & shape, flood risk, fire hazard and absurdly unsafe proximity to the Maritime College and surrounding populations.

CHASE will be formally requesting either a further public hearing or a new application.


Mary O’Leary, 086 8177737, 021 4811952
Linda FitzPatrick, 087 7410849, 021 4374506
Mary Hurley, 086 8162448, 021 4803070


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