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Irish Examiner - 05-05-07
CHASE Flyer Targets Parties

Cork Harbour Alliance for a Safe Environment (CHASE), which has spent six years fighting Indaver’s plans to build the country’s first hazardous waste incinerator in Ringaskiddy, Co Cork, will unveil a hard-hitting flyer which calls on the electorate not to vote for pro-incineration parties. FF and the PDs are the only parties to include incineration in their manifestos.

A CHASE spokeswoman said the group felt compelled to take this strong stance: “This campaign has been going on for six years. The Government has had every opportunity to change its policy on incineration. There are alternatives out there and there is growing evidence on the effects of incineration on human health and on the environment.”

The flyer will be launched in Cork today in the presence of Green, FG, Labour and Sinn Féin candidates — parties without incineration on their agenda — from Cork South Central and Cork East constituencies.

Despite Indaver’s indications that it plans to abandon its plans to build the incinerator in Ringaskiddy, recent polls showed 60% of voters in Cork South Central are still worried about it, with 35% very worried.

The flyer highlights what CHASE claims was an erosion of democracy in the planning process on this project. Almost 30,000 people signed petitions between 2002 and 2003 objecting to the incinerator’s location.

Cork County Council refused planning in May 2003. Following an oral hearing that September, a Bórd Pleanála inspector outlined 14 reasons why the incinerator should not be built in Cork Harbour. However, in January 2004 the board granted planning because it said the project was in line with national policy.

The flyer also highlights government appointments of incinerator lobbyists. It mentions ex-Indaver worker Laura Burke, who was appointed to the EPA, and Conal Boland of RPS Consulting, advisers to Dublin City Council on Poolbeg incinerator, who was named to An Bórd Pleanála.

© Irish Examiner

See also CHASE Press Release


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