Cork Harbour group in online push against incinerator

Environmental group Chase has launched an online campaign to gather a mass objection against Indaver’s third attempt to build an incinerator in Cork Harbour.
Cork Harbour group in online push against incinerator

The campaign group said it hopes its online tool will simplify the process of gathering as many objections as possible to the company’s 240,000 tonne €160m waste-to-energy incinerator earmarked for a site in Ringaskiddy.

They said the process will also help people avoid what they described as “the prohibitive” €50 charge which An Bórd Pleanála requires with all objections to Strategic Infrastructure Development (SID) applications.

The online community submission tool invites anybody opposed to the incinerator project to submit their objection as part of a group submission, and make a €5 donation to cover the cost of the objection.

It asks people to sign a statement which claims the proposed incinerator is “injurious to the Cork Harbour amenity, completely contrary to ongoing development and government investment in the surrounding area, and poses and unacceptable risk to those living and working in the area”.

Chase said those who sign the group objection will be eligible to take part in an oral hearing in relation to the project. And they said they plan to deliver all the submissions to An Bórd Pleanála before the March 9 deadline.

Chase is gearing up for another planning battle following a Bórd Pleanála decision just before Christmas that Indaver’s proposed Ringaskiddy incinerator constitutes strategic infrastructure development.

The decision, which came after engagement and talks with Indaver over three years, paved the way for the company to lodge a planning application directly with the board in January.

It is the company’s third planning application for the Ringaskiddy site.

The latest proposed facility would burn up to 240,000 tonnes of household, commercial, industrial, non-hazardous and suitable hazardous waste, and generate 18.5MW of electricity for the national grid.

A decision on the planning application is due in July.

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