Cork Harbour incinerator refusal to be defended in High Court

The group opposed to the building of incinerators in Cork Harbour has agreed to be represented at Indaver’s High Court challenge to An Bord Pleanála’s refusal to allow the incinerators to go ahead.

According to the group, Cork Harbour for a Safe Environment (CHASE), the board will strongly defend the planning refusal.

The group says the board’s statement of opposition, which was presented to the High Court last month, strongly dismisses any breach or error in law.

Mary O’Leary, CHASE chairperson said: “An Bord Pleanála are rightly and robustly defending their decision, and we are delighted to be able to support them. It’s important to CHASE to be represented at the judicial review — of course it means we are back to fundraising, but we’ve come so far, we won’t let the ball drop at this stage.”

Last June, An Bord Pleanála refused to grant waste management company Indaver, permission to build toxic waste and municipal waste incinerators at Ringaskiddy.

The planning authority said the application for a municipal waste incinerator was not compatible with the waste management strategy plan for Co Cork, was too big for the site, and posed a coastal erosion and flooding risk.

However, Indaver is now claiming the board failed to take account of repeated public assertions by Cork County Council that they were unlikely to develop a mechanical biological treatment facility and landfill in the county at Bottlehill.

Documents seen by the Irish Examiner show the company will claim in court that it is “entitled to a fair hearing based on all the facts”.

Indaver has long argued the incinerator is a “critical piece of infrastructure” due to Cork’s dependance on the pharma-chem sector.

A total of 19 out of the 20 largest global pharma-chem companies are based in Co Cork.

John Ahern, managing director, Indaver Ireland, said the judicial review “is the only mechanism open to us to highlight the fact that the board may not have had a complete picture”.

CHASE is scheduled to present its case to the High Court on Mar 13.

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