Public meeting on incinerator as fight fund hits €30k in four days

Public meeting on incinerator as fight fund hits €30k in four days
An artists' impression of the Indaver Ringaskiddy incinerator project

A CAMPAIGN to raise cash to fund a judicial review in the High Court after planning permission was granted for a controversial large-scale incinerator in Ringaskiddy has raised €30,000 in just four days.

The Cork Harbour for A Safe Environment (CHASE) has long campaigned against the Indaver facility which will take up to 240,000 tonnes of municipal waste and up to 24,000 tonnes of hazardous waste a year at a location just a few hundred metres west of Spike Island in Cork’s lower harbour.

CHASE estimate that between €150,000 and €200,000 will be needed to cover legal costs associated with taking a judicial review through the High Court.

A public meeting has been called for tonight at 8pm at the Community Hall in Carrigaline with information provided to the public as to what course of action can be taken next against the project which has met with widespread local opposition since it was first mooted by Indaver in 2001.

Planning was granted for the eight-storey facility by An Bord Pleanála last week after nine deferrals on previous decision dates.

The Board did not accept a number of refusal recommendations by its own inspector Derek Daly when granting planning permission for a €160m waste facility.

These related to air quality, air travel safety to and from Haulbowline naval base, overdevelopment of the incinerator site, an “incompatibility with local tourism and educational development and the “robustness” of an environmental impact assessment carried out by the Board in the area.

After each of inspectors points was considered, it was deemed by the planning authority that the development was in-line European, national, and regional waste management policy.

A 10-year planning permission and a 30-year operational life from the completion of construction has been granted.

Meanwhile, county councillor Marcia D’Alton (IND) has sent a Freedom of Information request seeking how the seven Board members voted in the final decision to grant permission for the incinerator.

According to reports, Board chairwoman Mary Kelly took extra measures to ensure none of the members had a conflict of interest. Ms Kelly chose the eight Board members which made the final decision.

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