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category national | environment | news report author Monday November 20, 2006 23:08author by www.chaseireland.org - CHASE Report this post to the editors

Latest An Bord Pleanala appointment destroys confidence in Bord

Yet again the Government has appointed a member of industry with direct links to proposed incinerators to a key decision making position. On Friday last 17 November, Minister Dick Roche appointed Conal Boland of RPS Consulting to the Board of An Bord Pleanala.

CHASE PRESS RELEASE 20 November, 2006

GOVERNMENT IN CAHOOTS WITH INCINERATOR INDUSTRY

HIGHLY INAPPROPRIATE APPOINTMENT Destroys Confidence in AN BORD PLEANALA
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Yet again the Government has appointed a member of industry with direct links to proposed incinerators to a key decision making position. On Friday last 17 November, Minister Dick Roche appointed Conal Boland of RPS Consulting to the Board of An Bord Pleanala.

RPS Consultants advised Dublin City Council in relation to the Poolbeg Incinerator, a case which is currently being considered by An Bord Pleanala. RPS Consultants were formerly MC O’Sullivan Consultants and have been responsible for advising on various levels of Waste Management Plans that promoted incineration.

This appointment comes on the heels of the appointment of Ms Laura Burke as a director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in July 2004. Ms Burke came directly from employment by Indaver Ireland as Project Manager for the Meath and Ringaskiddy, Co Cork Incinerators.

The continuous seeding of persons with vested interests on State Appointed Boards erodes confidence in the transparency of the EPA and An Bord Pleanala, and makes a complete mockery of claims to be independent. It is an ill-judged sign of desperation to place such individuals in positions where independent assessment is a supposedly required.

“The cosy cartel which seems to exist between the government and the incinerator industry leaves us in no doubt but that the independence of An Bord Pleanala and the EPA has been seriously compromised. Philip Jones, Senior Inspector for An Bord Pleanala recommended on 14 different grounds that the Ringaskiddy Incinerator be denied planning, which was overturned by the Board in the interests of ‘national policy’. When a Board has such clear vested interest, what is the point in having an Inspector at all? The whole planning process is rapidly descending into a cynical validation process," said a spokesperson for CHASE.

The relentless pursuit by Government of this dinosaur policy makes a mockery of its KYOTO Commitments. The incinerators proposed in Ringsend, Ringaskiddy and Meath which combined will burn 900,000 tonnes of waste p.a., will result in an extra 900,000 tonnes p.a.of Carbon Dioxide being released into the atmosphere. Penalties for this will cost the Irish taxpayer stg£72million. This is an embarrassment for the Irish nation, particularly when awareness of global warming is at an all time high, and governments have been warned strongly by the recent Stern report to ignore this at their peril.

The Ringaskiddy Incinerator has two cases at the High Court. A case against An Bord Pleanala has been granted a hearing and awaits a date, and a case against the EPA awaits a preliminary hearing.

ENDS

For further information:
Mary Hurley, CHASE PRO, 021 4813070 086 8162448
Mary O’Leary, CHASE Chairperson, 021 4811952 086 8177737

Related Link: http://www.chaseireland.org

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   Wha?     The Insider    Tue Nov 21, 2006 16:36 
   Irish Doctors Oppose Incineration     M Cotton    Tue Nov 21, 2006 18:28 
   Burning Coal     Scientist    Thu Dec 07, 2006 23:55 
   BATNEEC is gone...     Robin    Fri Dec 08, 2006 11:38 
   Wedded to BAT     Maire    Fri Dec 08, 2006 11:56 
   suggestions     Jasper    Mon Dec 11, 2006 11:36 
   more nonsense from CHASE     Jasper    Mon Dec 11, 2006 12:19 
   a small suggestion     maire    Mon Dec 11, 2006 17:25 
   don't just cut and paste....look into it     Jasper    Tue Dec 12, 2006 10:09 
 10   Really look into it     Maire    Tue Dec 12, 2006 14:01 
 11   check Chase's sources before posting     Jasper    Tue Dec 12, 2006 16:25 
 12   Backyard Burning Bullshit     Jasper Carrott & Stick    Tue Dec 12, 2006 17:25 
 13   jesus wept     Jasper    Tue Dec 12, 2006 17:50 
 14   Not only Jesus wept.     Maire    Tue Dec 12, 2006 19:42 
 15   dear God     Jasper    Wed Dec 13, 2006 10:09 
 16   Oh Deary me     Daire    Wed Dec 13, 2006 10:33 
 17   lack of education     Jasper    Wed Dec 13, 2006 11:06 
 18   Scrubbing     Daire    Wed Dec 13, 2006 12:14 
 19   as I expected     Jasper    Wed Dec 13, 2006 12:38 
 20   You can't help yourself.....     Daire    Wed Dec 13, 2006 13:36 
 21   Daire     David    Wed Dec 13, 2006 14:32 
 22   No expectations.     Maire    Wed Dec 13, 2006 15:12 
 23   David     Daire    Wed Dec 13, 2006 15:22 
 24   REACH for Mathew, Mark, Luke and John     maire    Wed Dec 13, 2006 16:47 
 25   FAO Maire     Jasper    Wed Dec 13, 2006 17:07 
 26   Unsilent minority     Maire    Wed Dec 13, 2006 18:24 
 27   No expectations.     Maire    Wed Dec 13, 2006 18:26 
 28   indeed     Jasper    Thu Dec 14, 2006 09:57 
 29   Jasper     David    Thu Dec 14, 2006 11:32 
 30   Put it this way     LOOK LADS    Thu Dec 14, 2006 11:57 
 31   David     Jasper    Thu Dec 14, 2006 12:26 
 32   no expectations.     Maire    Thu Dec 14, 2006 14:34 
 33   incineration doesn't preclude 'greenness'     Jasper    Thu Dec 14, 2006 16:59 
 34   Greener     Maire    Fri Dec 15, 2006 12:34 
 35   Maire     Jasper    Fri Dec 15, 2006 12:38 
 36   regarding dioxins.     Maire    Fri Dec 15, 2006 13:16 
 37   stuff     Jasper    Fri Dec 15, 2006 13:32 
 38   greening stuff     maire    Fri Dec 15, 2006 18:24 
 39   maire     Jasper    Wed Jan 03, 2007 10:45 
 40   Incineration Industry's Lies and Myths     M Cotton    Wed Jan 03, 2007 13:21 
 41   If you keep the pathetic name-calling to a minimum     Jasper    Wed Jan 03, 2007 14:18 
 42   to burn or not to burn     maire    Wed Jan 03, 2007 17:19 
 43   Appointments to State Boards     ML    Wed Jul 11, 2007 16:56 
 44   Leadership     JSMetal2    Tue Aug 14, 2007 08:45 


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