The High Court has ordered An Bord Pleanála to make a sworn statement that it is not withholding documents from the Cork Harbour Alliance for a Safe Environment (Chase) as the campaign group prepares to challenge the board’s controversial decision to grant planning permission for an incinerator at Ringaskiddy.
The Government and opposition have united in anger over An Bord Pleanála’s approval for an incinerator at Ringaskiddy, insisting the move is a “kick in the teeth” to a community playing a key role in the future of Cork City.
They handed kids to the childminder, burnt the midnight oil brushing up on research and refused to be beaten by the planning system. Environmental lobby group CHASE could write the handbook for running a tight campaign. Later this week, they should know if their marathon efforts have all been in vain, writes
Irish Air Corps concerns about the impact on helicopter safety of a proposed incinerator in Co Cork can be ameliorated if the company behind the application can guarantee it will contain any risk from the plume to within 150m of the stack.
An aviation expert, hired to address Department of Defence (DoD) concerns about the impact on aviation safety of a proposed incinerator in Co Cork, claims the objections are “not consistent” with the department’s policy of “minimal development of the aviation infrastructure, including safety” at a nearby naval base.
Why some of the data included as part of Indaver Ireland’s application to build an incinerator in Ringaskiddy appears identical to a 2008 application by another company for an entirely different facility in Co Meath remained a mystery yesterday on the final day of an oral hearing into the proposed project.
An evacuation route put forward by Indaver Ireland to facilitate movement of personnel off Haulbowline Island in the event of an emergency involves use of a road that is gated, with the gates locked during certain periods.
Fast-roping special forces onto a ship as part of marine counter-terrorism training; cargo-slinging large loads and how low is too low when flying above a chimney stack — these issues all formed part of a robust Department of Defence rebuttal of claims that building an incinerator in Ringaskiddy would pose no threat to Air Corps operations.
Fortnightly analysis of emissions from a proposed incinerator does not constitute “continuous monitoring”, leaving locals potentially exposed to unsafe dioxin levels, an expert in industrial process instrumentation has warned.
The proposed incinerator in Ringaskiddy in Cork Harbour could present a risk of fatal injury to helicopter crews, and an incident at the plant could effectively cut off the Haulbowline Naval Base, according to the Department of Defence.
Babies in buggies, grannies in geansais emblazoned with the slogan ‘No to toxic waste incineration’, hazmat suits, and lots of surgical masks — the carpark of the Carrigaline Court Hotel resembled a bizarre mix of playground fare and the post-apocalyptic as hundreds of people protested against plans to build an incinerator locally.
Sixteen years later and €12m poorer, Indaver is no less committed to building an incinerator in Ringaskiddy. On the eve of yet another oral hearing and with a third planning application under scrutiny, Indaver Ireland chief John Ahern tells that he’s upbeat about their chances of success.