Wednesday 4 August 2010

Incinerator proposal reduced by 40%

INDAVER IRELAND is to reduce by 40 per cent the size of its twin incinerator proposal for Cork.

The decision will not affect the capacity of either of the company’s proposed hazardous or municipal waste incinerators. Both incinerators are to operate as separate “lines” within the same building at Ringaskiddy.

The reduction in building size was announced yesterday in response to a request for further information from An Bord Pleanála, which is considering a planning application for the facility, which it is proposed could handle up to 100,000 tonnes a year of hazardous waste, and 120,000 tonnes of municipal waste.

According to Indaver, further changes to the design will allow water on site to be reused and recycled and not discharged, as was originally proposed.

The building will also be constructed to allow energy to be recovered from both the hazardous and municipal incinerators, at a later date and subject to further planning permission.

Among other measures proposed are landscape enhancements with protection for views of a Martello tower, Cobh, Ringaskiddy and Spike Island.

In its application to An Bord Pleanála, Indaver also commented on the Government’s recently published draft statement on waste policy and implications for jobs in the pharmaceutical industry in Ringaskiddy.

According to Indaver managing director John Ahern, it has become “increasingly apparent” that the proposed Bottlehill regional landfill planned for Cork city and county is “unworkable in its current form”.

Mr Ahern said the landfill tax and costs associated with regulatory requirements had undermined the case for Bottlehill.

Irish Times

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