Waste firm insists it is committed to project

WASTE management firm Indaver has insisted it remains committed to its controversial Cork Harbour incinerator project.

The company was backed by PharmaChemical Ireland (PCI), the IBEC group which represents the pharmaceuticals and chemicals sector here, who warned Ireland cannot continue to export its toxic waste.

PCI spokesman Matt Moran said yesterday’s Bord Pleanála decision will not help the industry in the long-term as it struggles to retain and attract new investment.

The pharmaceuticals and chemicals sector accounts for more than 50,000 jobs in this country, directly and indirectly.

“Last year it exported over €50 billion worth of products — that is over 50% of the national total,” Mr Moran said.

“For many years we have made it clear to Government it is not acceptable to ship our waste overseas.

“We have always viewed the lack of adequate waste disposal facilities as being a threat to the long-term sustainability of the sector.

“The global pharmaceutical sector is undergoing seismic upheaval at the moment. It is becoming increasingly difficult for companies to attract and retain investment in this country.

“This decision will not help the industry in this difficult and important task.”

Indaver, meanwhile, said it was “disappointed but not discouraged” by yesterday’s decision.

“We believe that the reasons given by the board (Bord Pleanála) for its decision can be addressed,” a spokesman said.

“It has not altered our view that the Cork region needs a waste facility — a fact recognised by many, including the board itself.

“Our proposal aims to address the deficit of waste infrastructure in the Cork region. Following the board’s decision, that deficit still exists and it won’t go away. It is no longer responsible, credible or efficient to simply export or landfill our waste. If we are serious about protecting 50,000 jobs in the pharmaceutical sector, then Ireland must provide the necessary infrastructure for its own waste.

“The choice now for all of us is to decide whether we continue to ignore the obvious deficit or finally deliver solutions. Indaver remains committed to being part of the solution.”

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