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Cork - Event Notice
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Cork Harbour Incinerator - Pre Hearing Meetings & Demonstration
cork | environment | event notice Sunday April 17, 2016 20:11 by chase - CHASE
The Bord Pleanala Oral Hearing for Indavers 240,000 tonne incinerator application at Ringaskiddy is due to commence in Carrigaline Court on Tuesday next, 19 April at 10.30pm. Previous hearings lasted 3 weeks, and a similar time is expected to be allocated to this hearing.
Those who have already made a submission to An Bord Pleanala can present at the Oral Hearing.
by CHASE - Cork Harbour Alliance for a Safe Environment Wed Apr 27, 2016 13:08
Press Release - April 25th 2016 - Cork Harbour Alliance for a Safe Environment
by Murph Wed Apr 27, 2016 16:22
Years of steady campaigning by CHASE has helped to bring about an intense interest in the environmental issue. Well done. Other areas of the country should emulate.
by CHASE - Cork Harbour Alliance for a Safe Environment Thu Apr 28, 2016 21:31
Epidemiologist and public health specialist Anthony Staines, Professor of Health Systems, DCU, speaking this morning (27 April) on Day 7 of the Ringaskiddy Incinerator Oral Hearing attacked the application lodged by Indaver saying “There is NO Risk assessment”, that a document was submitted that was “labelled Health Impact Assessment (HIA) but does not contain a Health Impact Assessment” does not meet the requirements of a HIA and shows a lack of understanding of what is required of a HIA. Read Presentation
by W. Finnerty Fri Apr 29, 2016 11:34
by CHASE - Cork Harbour Alliance for a Safe Environment Tue May 03, 2016 23:33
Cork Greens member Gordon Reid told today’s Oral Hearing (Day 9, 3 May 2016) that research cited by Indaver’s own health experts shows that premature death would be expected to cut thousands of years from the lives of people living near incinerators around the EU.
by CHASE - Cork Harbour Alliance for a Safe Environment Thu May 05, 2016 22:35
Final submissions will take place today at the Carrigaline Court Hotel, on Day 11 (5 May) of the Oral Hearing into the proposed Ringaskiddy Incinerator.
by Marie - CHASE Sat May 07, 2016 01:23
Will Indaver a private developer really dictate health and safety to our Dept. of Defence. The fires in Alberta had one way in one way out so does this cul de sac at Gobby Beach,so did Whiddy.
by CHASE - Cork Harbour Alliance for a Safe Environment Tue May 10, 2016 23:15
At todays Oral Hearing, (10 May, Day 13) a collective gasp was heard from the audience as Indaver Ireland admitted that they are not equipped to firefight for more than 2 hours, with emergency firewater tanks onsite holding just 2,200m3 of water and a fire which is not quenched in 2 hours is considered a ‘worst case scenario’.
by Marie - chase Fri May 13, 2016 08:33
The fire in Feb in Antwerp was a municipal disaster "worst case scenarios" it was only brought under control after 4 hours and involved numerous fire brigade trucks.
Indaver facility will carry strategic implications for the State – Indaver offer to shut down for Department when neededby CHASE - Cork Harbour Alliance for a Safe Environment Sat May 14, 2016 13:35
Fred Bradley, Principal Officer Department of Defence and Commdt David Browne, Irish Air Corps, returned to the Oral Hearing this morning, 11 May (Day 14) to reiterate beyond any doubt the construction of the proposed incinerator in such close proximity to Haulbowline Naval Base would “create a flight safety hazard to Irish Air Corps helicopter operations” and stated that risk control measures would need to be implemented which would “impact on the Irish Air Corps’ ability to operate helicopters into Haulbowline” concluding that “restrictions on the Irish Air Corps’ ability to operate with the Naval Service at Haulbowline is not just a local issue but carries strategic implications for the State” and coming to the conclusion that “Therefore it is the opinion of the Department of Defence that the avoidance zone of 1,000 ft as originally submitted is very necessary”.
by CHASE - Cork Harbour Alliance for a Safe Environment Tue May 17, 2016 23:34
Serious irregularities in dioxin figures in Indaver’s planning application have been exposed on the final day (May 17 2016) of the 17 day hearing into Indaver’s third application to build a 240,000 tonne incinerator at Ringaskiddy, Co Cork, which according to the hearing Inspector Derek Daly bring “the veracity of documentation into question”.
by Maire - CHASE Fri Jun 10, 2016 08:32
On air John Ahern of Indaver Ireland justified his planning application for a hazardous incinerator on the grounds of the importance of waste management even challenging the Dept of Defense 's ability to operate. He totally ignored national waste management which is governed by the need. With Poolbeg coming on stream and cement kilns and Meath,s facility all demanding waste we will have an overcapacity of burn facilities. Remember Dublin must feed 600,000 tons over 45 years, so say goodbye to zero waste and watch recycling being manipulated to feed incineration.
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The third Oral Hearing into the construction of a 240,000 tonne hazardous and non-hazardous waste incinerator at Ringaskiddy Co Cork started with an angry demonstration, and then opened to a packed hall at Carrigaline Court Hotel today, 19 April 2016. The hearing is being chaired by Senior Planning Inspector Derek Daly.
At the opening of the hearing, CHASE Solicitor Joe Noonan outlined concern over the addition of substantial information into the process at this stage, which he stated should have been included in the original application, and warned that CHASE and others were entitled to adequate time to assess this information, that the structure of the hearing was such that that would NOT be facilitated, and requested that it be noted CHASE were continuing to engage with the hearing under protest.
Questions over the dissemination of this additional information, caused uproar in the room, as it emerged that the website by which this additional information will be disseminated is owned and operated by Indaver.
A roll call of those who have made submissions was taken, with 27 groups and many more individuals indicating they would be presenting in large numbers over the coming weeks. Representations were made on behalf of Minister Simon Coveney, Micheal Martin, TD and Micheal McGrath, TD confirming their intention to present at the hearing. Newly elected TD Donnchadh O’Laoighre was at the hearing, and confirmed his intention to speak, and Sean Sherlock TD made a presentation on the threat that would be posed to the SFI MaREI Centre at Ringaskiddy.
CHASE Chairperson Mary O’Leary said “The opposition to this site is stronger than ever, this is clearly visible by the number of people who have turned out today, and by their palpable anger at having to again face this proposal in this completely unsuitable location.
The community is angry at having to fight this project again, having invested 500,000Euro to date in opposing it. We have been bounced into this Oral Hearing, and now we find that we are expected to digest significant quantities of additional information which Indaver are going to present.”
CHASE will have up to 9 experts, and several more speakers, expected to present towards the end of this week and into the coming week. An outline guide as to speaking order is expected to be provided by the Inspector tomorrow.
Indaver proceeded to outline the project, and provide additional information for the afternoon.
Day 2 of the Oral Hearing continued at Carrigaline Court today, 20 April 2016, with Indaver responding to concerns raised in submissions made to An Bord Pleanala.
Speaking on behalf of Indaver Ireland on coastal erosion concerns, Arup engineer Ms Julie Ascoop gave evidence which confirms that the High Water Mark (HWM) is now inside the Indaver site boundary. Ms Ascoop’s evidence was supported with a map plotted by Arup showing how HWM has changed since the OS map of 2001, and now covers part of the site every day.
This confirms CHASE statement in our observation letter to An Bord Pleanala that part of the site floods every day at high tide, and contradicts Arup witness Ken Leahy’s strong deinals yesterday of the fact that the site floods daily at high tide.
Ms Ascoop also outlined slope failures and water running out of the face of the cliff in the failure zones even though there had been no recent rain. She attributed water flow in the cliff face as playing “a significant role in the geotechnical cause of the cliff erosion.”
Dr Martin Hogan, speaking on behalf of Indaver in relation to human health, confirmed that there would be no stand alone Health Impact Assessment carried out.
Human health is currently addressed as a part of a section in the Envionmental Impact Statement and Dr Hogan, maintaining that the impact in terms of emissions would be slight stated that “One does not need a stand alone Health Impact Assessment to show this.”
Mr Hogan was responding to issues raised in CHASE submission by Epidemiologist, Anthony Staines, saying that a specific Human Impact Assessment is required. Anthony Staines will speak later in the hearing.
CHASE spokesperson said “Indaver themselves are clearly proving that their site is fundamentally unsuitable. It’s unfortunate that no cross examination is allowed at this stage in the hearing, as this application is full of holes. We look forward to cross examination at a later stage.”
The hearing will continue tomorrow with proscribed bodies due to speak first, followed by public representatives.
On Day 3 of the Oral Hearing (21 April 2016) CHASE opening submission was presented.
CHASE opening submission
Opening the submission CHASE Solicitor Mr Joe Noonan said that “Cork Harbour is a special place” and asked the Board to respect Government policy for Cork Harbour which is set on a very definite and positive path, referring to the positive policy initiatives advancing the Harbour as a resource and location for sustainable development, recreation and a developing tourism infrastructure.
Immediately addressing issues relating to the identity of the applicant, namely that the planning application made in the name of “Indaver Ireland Ltd” differed from the applicants name in public notices in newspapers which quoted “Indaver Ireland’, Mr Noonan highlighted that the subsequently confirmed applicant “Indaver Ireland” is a business name, not a legal person and it cannot make a valid application under Section 37E. Indaver have attributed the discrepency to a ‘clerical error’.
Requesting a termination to the application Mr Noonan said “We therefore call upon the Board to terminate the process now with immediate effect. Should the Board decline to do so, we expressly reserve our clients’ legal rights and any further particpation in this process is entirely without prejudice.”
The Opening Statement highlighted the issue of health risk evidence, which was considered irrelevant at the 2003 hearing, and the 2008 hearing concluded that there was no objective risk to public health.
Mr Noonan submitted specifically that the Board is required to approach the issue of human health with at least as rigorous a standard as it would apply to protected species in the nearby Natura site and stated “We submit that having regard to the constitutional provisions on respect for bodily integrity, Common Law, nuisance and the EU Treaty provisions on maintaining a high standard of environmental protection, it would be irrational as well as unlawful for the Board to afford a lower standard of protection to human beings than to designated protected species”
Neither the EPA, HSE or HSA presented at this mornings prescribed bodies session and none of these bodies have indicated their intention to make any presentation. In contrast, substantial time was devoted during the morning session to discussing the monitoring of fish and liver testing of certain fish species in the nearby Natura site to ensure their protection, raised by Mr Jarvis Good, from the Department of Environment Birds and Wildlife Section.
Shane Bennett, Hydrogeologist presented for CHASE further evidence on coastal erosion and flooding on the site. Mr Bennett said that “Indaver have yesterday corroborated the issues regarding erosion which CHASE raised in their submission.”
The Inspector inspector advised the hearing of a request from the Department of Defence to present a formal statement tomorrow morning at 10am
Submission to An Bord Pleanala Oral Hearing 21.4.16 0.25 Mb