Over a hundred local residents of the Saleen and East ferry area held a protest on Thursday 18th against plans by Dairygold to pump waste into East Ferry through a 14km pipeline all the way from their newly build cheese factory in Mogeely.
The group known as 'Save Cork Harbour' are leading a campaign to prevent the waste licence from being granted.
The group are urging people to submit applications to the environmental protection agency (EPA) to object to a licence being granted to Dairygold to emit their factory waste into the harbour.
School teacher and environmentalist Debby Hayes said that 4 million litres of effluent would be pumped into the estuary in East Ferry should the licence be granted. "Dairygold claim in their application that this effluent which is made up of treated Fats Oils and Grease will simply be swept out to sea. Scienfidic evidence proves otherwise , and the fats oils and grease effluent will simply hover around the harbour, particularly around the East Ferry, Whitegate and Aghada areas causing an environmental catastrophe."
Retired UCC scientist Dr Reid said "The plant will release 2,700 tonnes per day of waste into the narrow channel at East Ferry" Dr Reid said that under EU Law dairygold is required to consider alternatives. These alternatives include discharge straight to the ocean, which would use a shorter pipeline than the one from Mogeely to East ferry and was found to be feasible in a survey for Cork County Council 10 years ago", he stated.
Green party representatives Liam Quaide and Alan O Conor have also already made a submission to the EPA objecting the pipeline. For more information see www.savecorkharbour.com