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CHASE Press Release - 11-05-09
Incinerator Not NEEDED By City or County Council

Any claims to incinerator 'need' made by Indaver have been firmly quashed with Michael O'Brien, Senior Engineer, Cork City Council, telling todays Oral Hearing that The Cork City Waste Management plan is based on "waste reduction, recycling, MBT, residiual landfill etc" and he said "I am satisfied that the 2010 and 2013 waste diversion targets will be met for Cork City".

Mr O'Briens statement concurs with that of Cork County Council, made by Mr Nicholas Bond, Acting Senior Engineer, last week, and means that both Councils are on target to meet landfill diversion targets without any need for Indavers incinerator.

In addition, Mr O'Brien qualified verbally that should the need arise in reaching 2016 targets, other technicological solutions would be considered, and he stated that these would be upgrades of MBT (Mechanical Biological Treatments) or other flexible modular solutions.

A Spokesperson for CHASE said "With neither Cork County nor Cork City Council having any need for the proposed Incinerator, Indavers proposal is exposed as a big commercial white elephant, that will be dependant on waste from beyond the Cork Region to make it bankable.

Even taking future need into account, the proposal does not fit in with plans, as it is anything but flexible or modular!"

East Cork Based Engineer and Energy Consultant, Alan Navratil also presented a paper where he challanged assumptions made by Indaver earlier in the week. He stated "The promoters are attempting to squash a relatively large plant into a pinched area and in a location cheek by jowl with pre-existing establishments which are vital not only to the county, but also the to Country, i.e. the Port terminal, the deep water quay used by Cruise Liners and the superb new Naval College to name but three"

The morning continues with Indaver taking questions on need and waste arisinigs.


Mary O’Leary, 086 8177737, 021 4811952
Mary Hurley, 086 8162448, 021 4803070
Linda FitzPatrick, 087 7410849, 021 4374506


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