EPA Oral Hearing
In October, the Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) issued a draft licence for TWO
incinerators at Ringaskiddy. An Oral Hearing into objections to the
licence began on Monday 14th February 2005 and concluded on Tuesday
for media reports on the Oral Hearing. Click here
for CHASE press releases.
The hearing was open to the public, who
both made submissions and questioned witnessed.
Fifteen objections were received by the EPA, from the parties listed
below. Most parties presented their objections at the Oral Hearing.
- Dan Boyle T.D. (Green Party)
- Cork Environmental Alliance
- East Cork for a Safe Environment
- Ringaskiddy and District Resident Association
- Cobh Action for Clean Air
- Kinsale Environment Watch
- Carrigaline Area for a Safe Environment
- CHASE (City group)
- CHASE (Monkstown/Passage West Group)
- Passage West Town Council
- Cork Harbour Alliance for a Safe Environment
- Monkstown Bay Sailing Club & Monkstown
- An Taisce (Dublin)
- An Taisce (Cork)
- Indaver Ireland (the applicant)
The board of directors of the Environmental Protection Agency rejected
calls to attend the Hearing (RTE,
Though it is the EPA that has drawn
up and will issue the licence, and although it is the EPA's licence
that was being objected to, no one from the EPA attended the Hearing
to answer questions, explain the rationale for the licence or clarify
The Hearing was chaired by Dr. Jonathan
Derham, Senior Inspector in the Office of Licensing and Guidance,
Draft Licence (Licence no. 186-1)
submission to EPA (outlines the principal flaws, errors and areas
of concern in the licence application - most of these are not taken
account of in the draft licence).
EPA - what you should know
The EPA said it is satisfied that
the incinerator would not endanger human health or harm the environment.
But, let’s be under no illusion about the EPA:
- It admits that there is no system here
to routinely monitor the health of people living near incinerators.
- It has no in-house medical expert and did
not seek the advice of an outside expert before granting the draft
- The Indaver project manager who was responsible
for the Waste Licence Application has left the employ of Indaver
and is now an EPA director.
- It has only once refused a licence
to a company that has planning permission.
In addition, the EPA’s own
document on Climate Change advised that development should be curtailed
in areas at risk of erosion and flooding from more frequent storm
weather conditions. Cork Harbour was specifically identified as being