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national | environment | feature Monday September 08, 2014 14:06 by Alan Hall
Council for Energy Regulation (CFR) recommends new smart grid & renewable energy for Ireland
Corruption and incompetence rule in certain corridors of Dublin City Council. Coventa the company which somehow won the tender (despite not being a party to the bidding) and Dublin City Council have pushed the cost up to nearly €100 million for the land. Council Manager Owen Keegan said not one cent of the €96 million that has already been spent will be clawed back if the plan doesn't go ahead. Despite also as extra €36 million in extra costs many Councillors state that this whole thing has nothing to do with mad ideas from Bertie Ahern. Even if it does not go ahead it will still cost €600 million, and obviously this is the best interests of every else abroad who likes to sabotage Irish planning and make a few million doing so. Renewable energy is the future but not for the old school chums of yesteryear.
update 02/10/2014: Stop The Poolbeg Incinerator - Protest March To Dail - Weds 22nd Oct |
Dublin City Council cleared or rather unable to prove and restored, its doomed project in purpose and design has re-appeared like a cloud of toxic waste. The particles in the matter are hoping to land and settle with €600 million of taxpayer’s money.
Box 1: Special Deal with Covanta - 'Put or Pay' clause replaced with 'Authority Contigent Obligation'.Source: Briefing note to council by Owen Keegan to Council pushing the incinerator The extracts below are from the report they have intentionally tried to make it difficult to figure out what the conditions of the ACO exactly are, but it looks like the limit is 320,000. So under the ACO, if not reached the council pays 58% due over it.
The facility is licensed and designed to process up to 600,000 tonnes per annum (tpa) of nonhazardous
municipal and industrial waste. However, the contracted capacity for the facility is 550,000 (tpa)....
and to replace the ‘put or pay’ clause with an ‘Authority Contingent Obligation’ (ACO) clause under which the  Dublin Local Authorities (DLAs) will provide partial revenue support for the facility during the PPP period.
Included in the report is a breakdown of the costs so far.
Final Briefing Note on Proposed Dublin Waste to Energy (DWtE) Project & Notification under Section 138 Local Government Act 2001 0.98 Mb
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The Poolbeg incinerator that is being pushed on the Irish people in the most undemocratic manner will become a voracious consumer of recyclable material along with municipal waste which private waste companies will have no incentive to separate out and Ireland's recycling rate will decrease. The project so far has used up €100 million of state money paid out by the taxpayer but strongly opposed by the tax payer. The contracts are largely secret and were signed in secret by the unelected and unaccountable chairman of Dublin City council at the time. Some details that have come out is that the contract is for 45 years which will essentially freeze waste policy in Ireland for that massive length of time and burden us with dangerous and cancer causing pollution over the entire city while providing a subsidy to the operators because one of the key conditions are if there is not enough waste supplied to the incinerator then the government is obliged to pay the difference to make up any shortfall.
The projections used to come up with the figures remain hidden behind confidentially clauses because if exposed it will be cleared they are based on false assumptions and are bogus.
And today Eamon Ryan of the Green Party said
While local Green Party councillor Ciarán Cuffe said the reports prepared for Dublin City Council on the incinerator were "deeply flawed and lacking in transparency" and "the numbers, the planning permission, and the strategy are all wrong".
Far from being required to deal with Dublin’s own waste, the project "can only hope to be marginally viable if it burns the majority of the residual waste generated in the whole country", he said.
He said consultants Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) based their findings on confidential data "supplied by parties with a vested interest in the incinerator progressing".
"PwC acknowledge that they haven’t been able to independently verify any of the data supplied to them.
This project is yet another example of how the complete lack of democracy in major decisions and planning in this country are hijacked by a tiny elite and in practically every case result in a large flow of tax payers money to unwanted projects for the benefit of private companies.
The latest propaganda we are getting is that because we have spent €100 million we can't stop now. This is ridiculous and is the same logic used by gamblers.
Europe needs a convenient dumping ground for it's waste and if this monstrosity goes ahead, waste will start appearing on our doorstep
daily from far and wide as other countries "externalise" their toxic waste problem to the stupid paddies who evidently are happy to accept any old shit they get from Europe, now literally.
They currently send their toxic shite to third world countries. Looks like we are becoming one of those.
We are certainly being treated as one by our so called "friends" in Europe.
"leveraged buyout" of Irish sovereignty with cheap credit, then higher interest loans to pay back banksters, coming with conditions - check
forced privatisation of water etc - check
family homes taxed - check
free movement of elite capital - check
huge tax breaks for large corporations - check
corrupt overpaid traitorous politicians schmoozing with bilderbergers - check
captive presstitute media mostly parroting the government line - check
high unemployment - check
"work for nothing" schemes like jobsbridge / gateway - check
unfettered migration from EU pushing down wages and pushing up housing costs / rents - check
welfare programs, underfunded public health and schools being run into the ground as a prelude to further privatisation of services - check
high housing costs - check
ordinary people suffering severe austerity - check
large scale emigration of best and brightest - check
GM crops forced on us - pending
Externalised waste sent here for disposal - pending
Yes, we are well on the road to third world status it seems! With our self serving "friends" in the EU and US
Laughing at us all the way and our traitorous politicians in league with foreign interests against the ordinary
naive people of Ireland.
We need to dump our neoliberal collaborator politicians and start looking to some of the countries of south America who have been through all this for inspiration. And we need to do it fast!!
The co2/ch4 levels in the atmosphere has risen to a record level,even higher than 1984,we are ruining our planet,and big business doesn't care.
The depleation of real wealth on our earth, ie minerals etc so we can have the stock market float is foolish.
This is not real wealth if anything the planet is poorer,the more the stock market raised the more UNHEALTHY the planet becomes.
More trees are being logged worldwide,to deal with the ''housing crisis'' which is driven by OVERPOPULATION - by logging trees we are making important plant life and animal life - homeless and destitute and unable to survive without the cover of a lush forest.
In order for our planet to survive,capitalism needs to be overthrown. Capitalist pigs have even infiltrated the ranks of many enviornmentalists. They have been politically neutered,and have no real say or impact as long as they are on the capitalist payroll..
Academic environmentalists are paid by the capitalist pigs to derevolutionize the struggle to liberate the planet.
This is a warning to everybody who thinks the greens are on our side - they may be the closest to the real struggle but they are not actively participating in a real struggle against these capitalists,as they have been monetarily corrupted.
Our enviornment depends on our voice,we must not be complacent. The measure of the destruction of the enviornment can be observed by how well the stock market does. The better the stock market does,the more destruction to our enviornment.
We might not ever have the luxury of finding another planet like ours,so we have to work with what we have got and learn to respect our enviornment.
As long as we glamorize consumer worship,ie buying duplicate items or throwing out your furniture every six months because you are bored of the decor,all these mindless lemmings are doing is creating more rubbish which is bad for the enviornment.
If every third world person had the same appetitie (i was reading in an enviornmentalist website) as a first world person,we would need three planets full of food to sustain their appetites..That should give some people some food for thought!
topic is poolbeg. Please try to stay on topic
I would argue that the other posts are 'on-topic'; if we didn't consume so much stuff we wouldn't need to burn it later in the cycle.
From broadsheet.ie Jan 2014
This morning, Environment Editor of the Irish Times Frank McDonald reports on a local government audit into the money spent by Dublin City Council to relocate a firm in Dublin Port, to allow for the building of the Poolbeg incinerator.
Mr McDonald reports that Dublin City Council paid almost €22 million to relocate cargo handlers firm, Westway Terminals Hibernian Ltd.The council was obliged to help Westway and pay for their new premises.
However, Mr McDonald reports that Dublin City Council paid nearly twice the original contract of €11.9million.
In total, the relocation of Westway cost €31 million.
Meanwhile, he also reports that the audit looked at the contract between Dublin City Council and RPS, a contract which the European Commission subsequently found was in breach EU rules late last year and will be terminated on January 31.
Mr McDonald reported the local government auditor found financial management was weak while there were concerns raised about the lack of minutes recorded.
“The auditor concluded: ‘it is evident that the financial management . . . has been weak’ and said ‘no proper classification of expenditure on an invoice basis was available to account for monies spent’ on Poolbeg by council management.
“’There is no evidence of monitoring of detailed budgets or financial forecasts . . . or that detailed monthly/quarterly reports were examined to control expenditure, apart from client representative summary reports presented to DCC management.’
“He said the project executive board – headed by former assistant city manager Matt Twomey – “did not meet on a formal basis and therefore no minutes of meetings were retained”.
Meanwhile, on Prime Time last night, Fintan O’Toole also spoke about the RPS contract with Dublin City Council and the same audit referred to above, in light of the fact that the CEO of Irish Water John Tierney was hired just weeks after the audit was issued.
Watch the full episode here http://www.rte.ie/player/ie/show/10242535/
Covanta filed suit against Harrisburg’s City (Pennsylvania, USA) government seeking more than $1.9 million in missed loan repayments after the city failed to make three straight quarterly payments of $637,000. This debt started in 2007 when Covanta lent the city $25 million in plant upgrades necessary for the incinerator to run efficiently and turn a profit, as well as purchasing the facility. Covanta now owns the incinerator as well as millions of dollars in a debt that the city can’t pay. Covanta is calling for payment from Harrisburg “out of the next tax dollars or other revenues that the city receives”. History on these conflict here. http://blog.pennlive.com/patriotnews/2007/04/deal_to_co....html
Just come back from an oh too short stay in Ireland.
I was talking to my nephew who is a dustbin man in the greater Dublin area.
The house rubbish he picks up goes into a warehouse where it is put on threadmills,broken down and put into plastic bales ( looks exactly like hay bales ) and shipped to.... China!