For immediate release March
Shocked Aghada Community to BE INCINERATOR guinea
At last evening’s packed Aghada community meeting on
the Indaver's Hazardous Waste Incineration proposals for Ringaskiddy, the
audience was shocked at the admission, by Mr. John Aherne, Managing Director
that his company had NO experience of the technology they were
proposing to use at the Ringaskiddy Incineration plant. The 'fluidised bed' technology
which they are proposing has seen a number of failures in the USA.
When questioned by Mr. Sean Cronin, Chairman CHASE,
Mr. Aherne admitted that this would be a learning process for Indaver as none
of their existing 3 incinerators in Belgium used this technology. The shocked audience was very vocal in their
reaction to this admission and accused Indaver of having a cavalier attitude to
the health risks to the harbour communities.
Mr. Aherne argued that Indaver should be trusted on their existing reputation.
was speaking along with a number of Cork County Councillors and representatives of East Cork for a Safe Environment (a member of
CHASE). Councillors Ted Murphy, John Mulvihill
and Noel Collins all spoke out strongly against the proposal stating that the
risks to health and the negative impacts on the environment has led them to a
position of opposition of the proposal.
One growing source of concern is the threat to the livelihood of the
farming community, and local farmers were outspoken about their concerns that
the emissions from an incinerator would damage the quality of their produce as
has happened to farmers over the past year in other European countries. Cllr Noel Collins stated that Cork County Council already
has a waste management strategy which does not include incineration and he sees
no need to include incineration now.
Cllr. Collins also announced the opposition of
the Midleton UDC to the project, mirroring the decisions taken by Cobh
UDC and Passage Town Commissioners who have already lodged formal objections
already lodged with Cork Co. Council.