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Inspector ‘unconcerned’ at gas pipeline at site

By Pat Brosnan

AN inspector with the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) said yesterday that he was unconcerned by a gas pipeline running through the site of a proposed hazardous waste incinerator plant at Ringaskiddy, Co Cork.

Patrick Conneely was appearing at the fourteenth and final day of the Bord Pleanála oral hearing into the application by Indaver Ireland to build an incinerator at Ringaskiddy.

When asked was he concerned about a gas pipeline, he replied: "Because it is underground it did not concern us." Derry Chambers of Cork Environmental Alliance raised the issue of dioxins posing a health risk.

He said that dioxins would not manifest themselves as dangerous to health for years, but was told by Mr Conneely that the HSA was not responsible for that monitoring.

"I have been asking that question for the last 15 days and I get the same answer from the council, the health board, the EPA and the HSA. The State has washed its hands and that is the reason why most of us are here at the hearing," said Mr Chambers.

When Mr Conneely repeated to Alan Navatril of East Cork for a Safe Environment that the HSA would not be responsible for the long-term affects of the incinerator, he commented: "Who is responsible for our health and safety is it the Angel Gabriel or Uncle Tom Cobley and all?"

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