Waste incinerator battle set for high court in March 

Waste incinerator battle set for high court in March 
A protest in Ringaskiddy in 2018, organised by Ringaskiddy Residents Association supported by CHASE against the decision by An Bord Pleanala to grant permission to Indaver for an incinerator at Ringaskiddy.Picture: Denis Minihane.

A challenge raised to An Bord Pleanála by a local group over its approval of a waste incinerator in Ringaskiddy, is going to the high court in March.

The Cork Harbour Alliance for a Safe Environment (CHASE) raised the challenge to An Bord Pleanála’s planning permission, claiming the planning authority acted unlawfully in the decision process behind it. 

A high court review is to begin on March 19 and run for two weeks.

The incinerator, worth €160m, was granted planning permission to Indaver Ireland despite the authority’s own planning inspector Derek Daly recommending refusal following an oral hearing mid-2016. 

He was the third senior Board Inspector to recommend refusal of permission since 2004.

It is set to be built as an eight-storey facility on a 13.5 hectare site with an expected operational life of 30 years. The function will include a 70-metre chimney, and was granted permission on the conditions that it would take no more than 240,000 tonnes of municipal waste and 24,000 of hazardous waste each year.

The main disagreement concerns the site’s environmental impact. An Bord Pleanála says the site would not pose a significant risk to human health, due to the modern design and technology involved.

The campaign to stop Indaver Ireland building the incinerator has been ongoing for about 20 years, opposed by community groups, local politicians, and the Defence Forces representative body.

Residents of Ringaskiddy have expressed that the incinerator would force them to move from the area, which they cannot afford.

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