Feb 25, 2004
INCINERATOR to PRODUCE ENOUGH ASH TO COVER CROKE
PARK EVERY 10.5 WEEKS
On Today, Ash
Wednesday, campaigners from Cork Harbour Alliance for a Safe Environment
(CHASE) call on the Government to tackle industry’s hazardous waste without
incineration which results in increased hazardous exports* in the form of toxic
ash. (Photo shoot details below)
construction of a 100,000 tonne national incinerator in Ringaskiddy to burn Ireland’s
hazardous waste will create up to 30,000 tonnes of toxic ash to be exported to
other countries. This is enough ash to cover the Croke Park
pitch with 6ft deep ash every 10.5 weeks.
Speaking at the
Ringaskiddy site CHASE Chairperson, Mary O’Leary said “The Government must move
away from the old concept of incineration which creates toxic gases and ash,
and move toward reducing the amount of hazardous waste being produced”.
“In the state
of Massachusetts the US government and industry worked together to remove the
need for 3 hazardous waste incinerators (totalling 600,000 tonnes) by reducing
hazardous waste by almost 60%, while saving industry money” she added.
alternative to exporting the hazardous ash created by a commercial incineration
industry is to build a hazardous waste landfill site close by. According to
Environment Minister Martin Cullen it will have to be within a fifteen minute
journey from the incinerator, which leaves communities in the circle from
Kinsale to Blarney, Middleton and Shanagarry in East Cork
wondering who’s next!
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Location - Ringaskiddy Site – Right Hand Side of Road before beach. Time –
12noon, Wed 25 Feb (Today)
Ireland stated at the An Bord Pleanala Oral Hearing, Sept 2003 that they
intended to export the hazardous ash produced to other countries for disposal
in hazardous waste landfill sites.
Linda Fitzpatrick, CHASE PRO Tel: 021 4374506 Mobile:
Mary O’Leary, CHASE Chairperson, Tel: 021 4811952 Mobile: 086 8177737