Expert claims coastal erosion won’t affect purposed incinerator site

The building housing Indaver Ireland's waste-to-energy facility proposed for Ringaskiddy will not be impacted by coastal erosion during its lifetime, according to an expert witness for the waste management company, writes Catherine Shanahan of the Irish Examiner.

Julie Ascoop, a chartered engineer with Arup, said even after 40 years, the predicted maximum erosion does not reach the boundary fence line.

Ms Ascoop said as part of coastal protection measures, Indaver will place approximately 1,100 cubic metres of shingle above the foreshore of Gobby Beach during the construction period, and thereafter - if the erosion rate is more than 50cm per year, measured over a period of six years.

Ms Ascoop was speaking on day two of an An Bord Pleanala oral hearing into proposals by Indaver Ireland to build a 240,000 tonnes per annum waste-to-energy facility on the Ringaskiddy peninsula in Co Cork.

It is the company's third time to apply for planning permission since 2001.

The project is opposed by many living and working in the lower Cork Harbour area, notably CHASE, the environmental group Cork Harbour Area for a Safe Environment.

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