CHASE Press Release - 12-05-09
Health was the focus of today's Oral Hearing
in to the proposed Ringaskiddy Incinerator, with evidence presented
by Dutch Paediatrician Dr Gavin Ten Tuscher, who specialises in Paediatrics
and Neonoatology; Prof Colin Bradley, Head of General Practice at
UCC and Chris Brownlow, Irish Midwives Association.
Dr Ten Tusher said, "I would like to emphasise the fact that I have limited myself to the effects seen in dioxin and PCB exposures, but it must be borne in mind that particulate matter, miniscule particles escaping the chimneys, are also a major threat to children's health, having been associated with pulmonary problems, including asthma".
PROF Colin Bradley, Head of General Practice, UCC, who has a practice in Cobh, spoke of his obligation to represent the health of his patients, and that of the people in Cobh.
Prof Bradley said that the Cobh population already has a burden of poor health, due to socio-economic and other past environmental factors, and this already vulnerable population in Cobh is one that would want a safeguard from any future health risk. He referred to his experience in general practice in this regard, and said that the National Cancer Registry (Summer 2008) statistics are a source of disquiet – cancer levels are already 44% above the national average.
Prof Bradley also highlighted that the proposed incinerator is already having an effect on the mental health of his patients, and drew attention to risk perception guidelines, which have not been adhered to. He said “7 years ago the 2002 HRB (Health Review Board) Report recognized the legitimacy of risk perception, and detailed best practice recommendations on how to handle risk perception for facilities like this. Indaver constantly say they are big on Best Practice, but quite frankly I haven’t seen it. The HRB recommendations have been completely ignored, I have no confidence in their air modeling, and I remain skeptical about the rest of their claims to Best Practice. “
Chris Brownlow spoke on behalf of the Irish Midwives Association and said that the concerns of the Irish Midwives Association were family, with a particular focus on breast fed babies who are at maximum risk from environmental contaminants such as dioxin.
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