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Sinn Féin submission to EPA on Ringaskiddy incinerator

15 February, 2005

Sinn Féin Midleton Councillor, Gina Hennessy will today present a detailed submission to the EPA opposing the granting of a license for a Hazardous Waste Incinerator in Ringaskiddy, Co Cork.

Cllr Hennessy will be making the submission on behalf of Sinn Féin Councillors in towns within the catchement area which would be affected by an incinerator.

The grounds for opposing the granting of a licence are:

  1. negation of democracy: Overwhelming public opposition should be given consideration as well as the absence of incineration in any of the strategic plans for the area. Democracy must play some part in the planning and licensing process.
  2. It is contrary to National Waste Management Plan.
  3. No consideration of health or environmental concerns. Health and environmental concerns must be considered before granting a licence. Sufficient research has not been carried out nor monitoring programmes put in place assess the dangers to health and the environment for such a proposal.
  4. No viable emergency plan. Because of the layout of Cork Harbour no adequate emergency plan can be put in place.

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