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category cork | environment | press release author Tuesday November 24, 2009 15:12author by maire - C.H.A.S.E. Report this post to the editors

Climate Change and future building on flooding plains.

While we all reel in horror at what has happened to the inhabitants in Cork City because of flooding' why on earth has it taken 8 years and hundreds of thousands of euros for the inhabitants of the harbour of Cork to get someone in planning to recognise that building a toxic or municipal plant on a flooding site on a crumbling coastline at a time of climate change is lunacy.

CHASE
Cork Harbour Alliance
For a Safe Environment
Www.chaseireland.org

PRESS RELEASE - 24 November, 2009

INDAVERS INCINERATOR SITE FLOODED AGAIN

The site in ringaskiddy, Co Cork, where Indaver Ireland have applied to build two incinerators is again seriously flooded. Warnings of flooding on this site were given at the recent Oral Hearing by Hydrogeologist, Shane Bennett and the Office of Public Works (OPW). Photos attached (Sat 21 Nov, high res on request) show the proposed hazardous waste storage area completely submerged.

Local resident, Audrey Hogan, Secretary of the ringaskiddy Residents Association said “Seeing this area underwater is not new. We know this site floods, we see it regularly, and the area has been identified as high risk by the OPW. That alone should be grounds for a planning refusal.” (OPW flood maps - http://www.floodmaps.ie/View/Default.aspx)

CHASE Chairperson, Mary O’Leary said “The World Health Organisation clearly states that Hazardous Waste Facilities should not be built on flood plains. This site clearly fails that Selection Criteria and in addition to repeated flooding episodes, successive reports by the OPW and EPA have pinpointed the ringaskiddy coastal area as vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and flooding.

Flooding in the storage area could cause a major accident scenario and engineering solutions proposed will only worsen soakage in the surrounding areas, increasing risk to students in the Maritime College, and potentially cutting off access to the College and Haulbowline. No insurer in their right mind would give flood insurance to this plant, even if it does get planning.”

The flooding issue was raised at the 2009 Oral Hearing where Representatives from the Office of Public Works (OPW) in attendance confirmed that there was an expectation of exceptionally high tides and surges in the area. They repeated concerns that the site was highly vulnerable, and expressed further concern about access to the site in the case of flooding, citing the 28/29 October 2004 floods on the proposed site as very significant.

Further evidence presented to An Bord Pleanala by Hydrogeologist Shane Bennett, who referred to a letter submitted into evidence by climatologist, Prof John Sweeney, left no doubt about site unsuitability. Mr Bennett, giving his flooding assessment, said that combining a 1m sea level rise* (ref Prof John Sweeney) with a 3m surge for a 1 in 100 year storm (Oxford 1989) would suggest a 4m flood level, which when combined with a 4.2m Spring Tide Level "would have catastrophic consequences for this site".

Flood levels during the October 2004 storm surges (2.85metres OD) would have resulted in the entire waste transfer area being flooded.

A decision by An Bord Pleanala on the ringaskiddy Incinerator is due by 4 December.

ENDS

Contacts:
Mary O’Leary, 086 8177737, 021 4811952
Linda FitzPatrick, 087 7410849, 021 4374506
Audrey Hogan, 087 7729035

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   Alternative site.     Rational Ecologist    Tue Nov 24, 2009 15:34 
   Plant more trees cunningly to alleviate flooding     Pooka McFee    Wed Nov 25, 2009 00:43 
   taking responsibility     maire    Wed Nov 25, 2009 10:29 
   Highest Power has already decided     Linda    Wed Nov 25, 2009 10:45 
   Authorities DO know incineration kills     Galway Tent    Thu Nov 26, 2009 17:13 
   preparing for the future.     maire    Fri Nov 27, 2009 00:05 
   Insanity.     Rational Ecologist    Tue Dec 01, 2009 13:40 
   Listening     Splash    Wed Dec 02, 2009 20:13 
   flooding and planning.     maire    Thu Dec 03, 2009 01:44 
 10   Ears required.     Rational Ecologist    Thu Dec 03, 2009 09:35 
 11   Nine years of failure     Splash    Sat Dec 05, 2009 20:59 
 12   None so blind as those that connot see.     SEAGULL    Sun Dec 06, 2009 13:50 
 13   see, speak, or hear no evil     jo jo    Mon Dec 07, 2009 11:41 
 14   Too late!     Rational Ecologist    Mon Dec 07, 2009 14:37 
 15   Invader still outside the gate     Splash    Mon Dec 07, 2009 14:58 
 16   Dialogue needed.     Rational Ecologist    Mon Dec 07, 2009 17:01 
 17   Positive action     John    Mon Dec 07, 2009 20:36 
 18   negative thoughts     maire    Sat Dec 12, 2009 00:30 
 19   To Maire.     Rational Ecologist    Mon Dec 14, 2009 11:19 
 20   Insurance for flooding     maire    Tue Dec 15, 2009 10:51 
 21   Fire and Water     maire    Wed Dec 23, 2009 00:17 


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