For immediate release: October 9, 2003
CORK INCINERATOR TO BE MANAGED FROM
Hearing Expected to Conclude Tomorrow
On Day 13 (Wed 8 Oct) of the Oral Hearing into the
application for a National Hazardous Waste Incinerator at Ringaskiddy, Co Cork,
applicants Indaver Ireland, revealed that none of the on-site management team
will have pervious experience in running any incinerator. Any experienced personnel will be based in
their Flanders Plant, and the Cork plant will be
managed from Belgium!
Community Groups were
completely taken aback at this revelation, and left questioning the ability of
Indaver to run an efficient operation.
On-site experience should be an absolute necessity in case of an
accident or on-site emergency. Lack of
confidence in the proposal is compounded by earlier confirmation that:
Indaver have no experience of running this type of incinerator i.e. a
fluidized bed incinerator
The Indaver incinerator in Flanders had
serious emissions breaches (18,000 times over dioxin limits) in August 2002 and
again in January 2003 (10 times over dioxin limits)
Indaver admitted at the oral hearing that the plant proposed for Cork is below the
standard recommended by the Basle Convention for disposing of solid hazardous
waste. The Basle Convention recommends
rotary kiln technology for this purpose.
A spokesperson for CHASE
(Cork Harbour Alliance for a Safe Environment) said, “It is madness not to have
experienced personnel on site, particularly in case of any emergency
“The extensive public
consultation which Indaver have undertaken is merely a strategic exercise
employed in order to try and force the project in. The reality is that any company which is
proposing to use knowingly substandard technology, which they have never used
before, managed by an inadequately experienced team, can hardly have the best
interests of the local communities at heart."
hearing continues at Rochestown
Park today, and it is at
this stage expected to conclude tomorrow, Friday 10 October.
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Linda Fitzpatrick, CHASE PRO Tel:
021 4374506 Mobile:
Mary O’Leary, Chairperson, CHASE
Tel: 021 4811952 Mobile: 086 8177737