CHASE Press Release - 28th April, 2009
Please note that the evidence
referred to in the Press Release below from Thomas Cleary on behalf
of indaver was circulated today, and was due for presentation today,
but is now scheduled for presention tomorrow, Wed 29 April instead.
Recomendations by Indaver that the in the event of an explosion or major accident, students and staff at the nearby Maritime College can run to Haulbowline Island and use the toxic island as an emergency shelter have set alarm bells ringing with CHASE and CIT Students Union President, Gearoid Buckley (see below for contact).
These recommendations were outlined today as part of the evidence presented by Thomas Cleary, Byrne O’Cleirigh under the heading Safety and Major Accident Hazards who stated “the Island itself could provide a perfectly acceptable evacuation route and safe haven for College Staff.......should they or the Emergency Services deem it appropriate to evacuate the immediate environs or the College”
This statement shows an appalling contempt by Indaver for the safety of the students, particularly when the proposed toxic shelter is directly in the prevailing winds of the proposed incinerator, and acknowledges the real risk of a serious accident or explosion.
“Haulbowline known to be the most polluted
place in the country - to expect students to take shelter under a
cloud of Chromium 6 is nothing short of ridiculuous. This recommendation
shows Indaver's total disregard for safety, and disrespect for the
students and local community.”
Harbour Alliance for a Safe Environment