CHASE is an alliance of groups campaigning since 2001 to stop the construction of a large 240,000 tonne commercial incinerator in Cork Harbour.
The third application from Indaver Ireland was lodged on 13 Jan, 2016 following refusal for the project from An Bord Pleanala in 2011.
Prior to this, Bord Pleanala had, against the detailed advice of their own Senior Planning Inspector, and despite the objections of over 23,000 people and the refusal of planning permission by Cork County Council, granted permission for Indaver’s initial application for a Hazardous waste incinerator in 16 Jan 2004.
This was challenged in court by CHASE, and eventually replaced by in November 2008 with a new application with a larger capacity, and to include municipal waste.
CHASE was formed in October 2001. We are represented at a local level by groups in Carrigaline, Cobh, Cork, Crosshaven, Douglas, Kinsale, Midleton, Monkstown/Passage/Glenbrook, Ringaskiddy and Youghal.
Our concerns about the development include:
- An absoluteincompatability with development in the Lower Harbour.
- International guidelines (World Health Organisation) indicate that the site in Ringaskiddy is unsuitable.
- Health studies suggest that the dioxin, heavy metals, and particulate matter emitted from incinerators are harmful to our health.
- International and national waste management policies envisage incineration as a last resort, to be used only when all other options have been exhausted.
Our message is simple. An incinerator in Cork Harbour is:
|There are safer, better ways of dealing with our waste.|
|Unsafe||It poses a risk to public safety; and pollution from the process can cause birth and heart defects, learning difficulties in children, cancers and respiratory problems.|
|Unacceptable||23,000 people said NO to planning permission; Cork County Council REFUSED planning permission; One of Ireland’s senior planners gave 14 solid planning reasons why it should NOT BE BUILT, and An Bord Pleanala finally refused permission in May 2011.|
CHASE has campaigned vigorously against the proposed incinerator: raising awareness, lobbying our elected representatives, and making detailed, reasoned objections to the planning authority and Oral Hearing. All our work is funded by voluntary donations and fundraising activities.