Battle continues against Cork harbour incinerator

Cork harbour

An online petition has been launched against plans to build a giant incinerator in Cork harbour by a group who has being fighting against such a proposal for the past 14 years.

CHASE (Cork Harbour for A Safe Environment) has launched the petition ahead of the likelihood that Indaver will shortly lodge a planning application for an incinerator in Ringaskiddy.

It’s expected the company will seek permission for an incinerator capable of handling both toxic and municipal waste and with a yearly capacity of 200,000 tonnes.

It’s expected that toxic waste will form just 5% of what is handled.

The company has been at lengths to try and win over locals, but CHASE spokeswoman Linda Fitzpatrick said her organisation was definitely not supporting it.

CHASE’s battle with Indaver has been going on since 2001 when it helped organise a massive campaign against the company.

It resulted in 23,000 objections being made to Cork County Council over Indaver’s plans at that time for a 100,000 tonne per annum incinerator in Ringaskiddy.

The council refused the plan, but this was overturned by An Bord Pleanála. In the event that plan never went ahead.

Another plan was lodged by the company which was later refused by An Bord Pleanála in 2011.

“While Indaver has in their new plans taken several steps to remedy issues raised at the last (2011 Bord Pleanála) oral hearing, the core proposal differs little from the original proposal,” Ms Fitzpatrick said.

“Indaver’s core project is still an incinerator, which sits with growing unease on an unsuitable site, surrounded by students, clean energy projects, Haulbowline naval base and a rejuvenated tourist and business engine thanks to investment plans of up to €1bn by 2018.”

Ms Fitzpatrick said communities around Cork harbour have spent 14 years battling Indaver’s proposal and were disappointed to see it resurface again.

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