Public to grill experts over clean-up plans for toxic site

People living near a toxic dump in Cork harbour will next week get the chance to ask a team of experts about plans to make the site safe.

The East Tip at Haulbowline island was discovered in the summer of 2008 and tests showed it contained a number of heavy metals and the highly carcinogenic Chromium 6.

Minister for Agriculture and the Marine Simon Coveney took it upon himself at cabinet level to ensure the site is made safe and appointed Cork County Council to act as his agent on the project.

The council is to hold a public consultation meeting in the Commodore Hotel, Cobh on Thursday Oct 11 from 6.30pm-9pm.

The council’s project team will make a number of presentations and are willing to answer any queries the public may have.

According to the council it’s envisaged that the final solution will involve containing and remediating the site, removing hazardous material from the site, or some combination of both.

Cobh-based Cllr John Mulvihill said while he welcomed the fact there will be public consultation on the clean-up process, the Government had to once and for all establish why there were very high cancer rates in his home town.

“My priority is to find out why we have far higher than normal cancer rates in Cobh. People are being diagnosed with cancer nearly every day here,” he said.

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