For immediate release: September
COMMUNITIES GET DOUBLE SHOCK AT BORD PLEANALA INCINERATOR HEARING
Health & Environmental Issues Ruled Out of Order
Confirms Plans to Import Toxic Waste
reacted with fury to a double shock today at the An Bord Pleanala hearing for
the National Hazardous Waste Incinerator at Ringaskiddy, Co Cork.
The first surprise came when Environmental and Health Issues were ruled
out of order, followed by the shock announcement by Indaver Ireland that they
intended to apply for a license to import toxic waste. The hearing is taking place at Neptune
spokesperson, Oliver O’Leary point out in dismay that he represented over 1,000
farmers and their whole submission was based on environmental issues and the
resulting threat to their livelihood.
CHASE, Mr Joe Noonan expressed profound dissatisfaction at the ABP ruling that
matters to do with Environmental Pollution including its effect on human health
were not to be discussed.
digesting this ruling, community representatives listened in fury as Indaver
Ireland MD, Mr John Ahern confirmed plans to import toxic waste from
and announced that Indaver would be seeking a Transfrontier License to do so. Mr Ahern asked the hearing to allow
conditions be amended to facilitate this.
say this announcement makes a mockery of self-sufficiency principle whereby
countries are expected to deal with their own waste. If waste is imported from Northern
Ireland it opens floodgates for toxic
imports from the UK
and beyond. Indaver have previously
denied that they would import toxic.
“This is exactly
what we have been fearing,” said Mary O’Leary, CHASE Chairperson. “It confirms that there is no hazardous waste
crisis in Ireland
- companies are already dealing with their own waste under EPA licenses. This whole project is nothing short of a
commercial bid by a merchant incinerator Company to burn waste in Cork Harbour."
The hearing is
expected to take up to two weeks, and continues this afternoon.
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For further information
Linda Fitzpatrick, CHASE PRO Tel:
021 4374506 Mobile: 087 7410849
Mary O’Leary, Chairperson, CHASE
Tel: 021 4811952 Mobile: 086
Natasha Harty, On the Ground at Neptune Stadium Mobile: 087 1213764