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No Incinerator Needed, New Report Shows

No Incinerator Needed, New Report Shows

CHASE, the group campaigning against the construction of a €160 million incinerator in Ringaskiddy, say that a new report from the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) shows that we don’t need the incinerator in Cork Harbour.

CHASE (Cork Harbour for a Safe Environment) say that the report proves that the facility is not needed for Ireland to meet its EU waste targets. According to the group, the report provides evidence that Ireland can meet its obligations to the EU Waste Framework Directive and Landfill Directive without the controversial incinerator being built. The report, which will encourage opponents of the incinerator, shows that Ireland has met all its targets to date and is set to continue to do so.

CHASE Chairperson Mary O’Leary said; “CHASE has been saying for 17 years that we can meet our EU obligations without any Ringaskiddy Incinerator and this EPA report shows this is true. We do not want to see the construction of a white elephant in the middle of Cork Harbour that will hamper further progress towards even more ambitious targets that are in line with EU moves towards circular economies.”

She continued, “The European Commission issued warnings on incinerator overcapacity in January 2017 with recommendations to phase out public money from incinerators, to introduce a moratorium on new facilities and to introduce or increase incineration taxes as part of a commitment to move efficiently towards a closed-loop, sustainable circular economy”

In December 2017, An Bord Pleanala deferred a decision on the planning application for the incinerator for the ninth time.

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