Decision on Ringaskiddy Incinerator due Within Days

By Seamus Whelehan

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A decision on controversial plans to locate an incinerator in Cork Harbour is due within days.
An Board Pleanala say judgement day on Indaver’s application to build a 240,000 tonne waste to energy facility in Ringaskiddy is set for Tuesday 27 February.
The €160 million project remains one of the most contentious issues in the Lower Harbour communities.
This is the third application attempt by Indaver Ireland to have their incinerator located close to the Irish Marine Energy Cluster and the National Maritime College.
An Bord Pleanála received more than 260 submissions from individual residents and organisations around the harbour opposing the development. Many claiming that it would pose an environmental and health risk.
Indaver have continued to insist the facility is safe and have said it would invest €300,000 a year in the community over 25 years if the project gets the go ahead.
In April 2016, the planning authority held a three week long public hearing into the proposed development.
The board have already missed nine deadlines they had set for reaching a decision.
The initial date for the release of their findings was 12 July 2016, this was later postponed until October 2016 and subsequently deferred to 24 January 2017 before being deferred a further seven times.
According to a spokesperson for the planning authority a decision will be made this Monday 26 February on whether further time is required to consider the application.
Cork Harbour For A Safe Environment (CHASE) have said the statement by the board indicates there is a possibility there is going to be a further roll over.
They say however “The longer the time drags on, the less the waste environment favours the Indaver proposal. The figures published by the EPA recently show that we are hitting all our EU waste frame work targets, without Indaver’s incinerator.”

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