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Indaver publicity campaign like a red rag to a bull

WHILE enjoying a relaxed Saturday morning's breakfast I almost choked on my rashers on noticing your piece (Irish Examiner, March 6) about the waste management company Indaver's plans to 'counter misinformation' with a new publicity campaign regarding their proposed hazardous and toxic waste incineration facility for Cork.Having followed the proceedings over the three weeks of the An Bord Pleanála oral hearing last September I was bemused by their latest effort to sell their obsolete technology to an unimpressed public.

Indaver spent hundreds of thousands of euro with a high powered team to convince us all, and in particular An Bord Pleanala's senior inspector, that their proposal makes sense, but they failed miserably in the event.

During the three weeks of submissions and cross-examinations before the planning board's senior inspector their proposal was exposed (in the inspector's report) as being 'contrary to national policy, 'contrary to Cork county council policy,' and most importantly, 'a risk to public safety.'

The report said: 'With the proximity to the National Maritime College and other Seveso II plants, the inadequacy of emergency infrastructure, and a location at the end of a peninsula, the development could pose significant risks to public safety in the event of a major accident.'

Had Indaver done their homework properly major deficiencies would not have been exposed in their EIS (environmental impact statement) which, as the report said, was 'inadequate and fails to comply with the mandatory requirements.'

These were primarily health and safety, public health and traffic.

With such a public and media outcry resulting from the board's overturning of the report's recommendations (along with the objections of over 30,000 Cork residents, public representatives, the Irish Doctors Environmental Association and elected bodies such as Midleton UDC, Passage West Town Council and Kinsale UDC), do they seriously expect that a few press advertisements will repair the death blows to local democracy that this project has represented.

Overturning a 14-0 result into 1-9, after two additional board meetings, shows what callous disregard our bureaucrats in Dublin have for proper planning and local democracy.

Further advertising will merely (pardon the pun) add fuel to the simmering fire. This latest affront may be their last miscalculation the red rag that triggers the raging bull in us all.

Seán Ó Croinín,
'Al Sakir,'
An Charraig,
Carrig Uí Leighin,
Co Chorcaí.

Irish Examiner - March 10th 2004

     

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