CHASE Press Release - 1 December, 2009
The proposed site for Indavers two incinerators in Ringaskiddy, Co Cork, falls foul of the statutory Flood Planning Guidelines issued yesterday (30 Nov 2009) by Mr. John Gormley, T.D., Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, and Dr. Martin Mansergh, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Finance with responsibility for the OPW.
The Guidelines, which directs authorities to "Avoid development in areas at risk of flooding, particularly in floodplains, unless there are demonstrable, wider sustainability grounds that justify appropriate development and where the flood risk can be reduced or managed to an acceptable level without increasing flood risk elsewhere" must be taken into account by An Bord Pleanála under Section 28 of the 2000 Planning and Development Act, which requires them to have proper regard to the principles and procedures of these guidelines in carrying out their functions.
The Ringaskiddy site has already fallen victim to both coastal sea surge flooding, and rain water driven flooding (www.chaseireland.org/releases/24-11-09.htm)
• has fallen victim to coastal floods
due to storm surges in October 2004
A spokesperson for CHASE said "Engineering solutions proposed will increase flood risk in the surrounding area, and cause further problems for Cork County Council, so these are not acceptable under the Flood Planning Guidelines. These new Guidelines dictate in no uncertain terms that Government Policy and good planning means not building or granting planning for Hazardous Waste Incinerator and Municipal Waste Incinerator on a site in a flood plain, with a proven flood history."
Harbour Alliance for a Safe Environment