EPA hears objections to its Proposed Decision on incineration in Ringaskiddy

Date released: Feb 14 2005

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today began an oral hearing in Cork.  The oral hearing has been convened by the EPA to listen to objections and concerns about its Proposed Decision to licence Indaver (Ireland) to develop a waste incineration facility at Ringaskiddy, Co Cork.

If approved, the proposed decision provides for incineration with energy recovery of both hazardous and non-hazardous waste in Ringaskiddy.

Anyone who lodged a valid objection has an automatic right to attend and to participate fully at the hearing.  Fifteen valid objections were made to the proposed decision, including one from the applicant. The hearing is open to the public.

Following the Oral Hearing, a report and recommendation will be submitted to the EPA Board and a final decision on whether or not to grant a licence will be made.

As the statutory licensing process is a quasi judicial function, the EPA is therefore not in a position to comment on the specifics of the licence application or its consideration by the EPA.

Note to Editors:

1. How the licensing process works:

  • Given the complexity and scale of some waste activities, the EPA provides pre-application clarification and consultation so that applications are as complete as possible.
  • Once received, the application is rigorously assessed by a team of experts from the Office of Licensing and Guidance.
  • Extra information may be required from the applicant during this assessment.
  • When the application is deemed complete, and has been fully assessed, the Office of Licensing and Guidance makes a recommendation on the application to the Board of Directors of the EPA.
  • The Board assesses the recommendation, together with the application and all submissions, before making a decision.
  • The Board’s decision, in the form of a Proposed Decision (PD), is notified to the applicant, all third parties who made a submission on the application and other statutory consultees.
  • There follows a 28-day period when any person can submit an objection and  request an oral hearing.  They can also make submissions on other objections.
  • All objections and submissions on objections are considered by a Technical Committee of the Agency, or through an oral hearing process.
  • Any person who lodged a valid objection, as well as the applicant, and the local authority (where relevant) have an automatic right to attend and participate fully at a hearing.  All hearings are open to the public.  Members of the public can participate in the proceedings where they have lodged a valid objection or with the express approval o the Chairperson. 
  • On completion of an oral hearing, the Chairperson will submit a report of the hearing to the EPA.  In this report, the Chairperson must make a recommendation to grant or refuse a licence.  Where the recommendation is to grant a licence, the Chairperson must outline the recommended conditions to be attached to the licence.
  • The recommendations arising, together with the objections and submissions, are considered by the Board of Directors before making a final decision to either refuse a licence or to grant a licence with or without conditions.
  • The Agency is debarred in law from granting a waste licence unless it is satisfied that the activity concerned, carried out in accordance with such conditions as may be attached to a licence, will not cause environmental pollution.

2. Chronology of application

Applicant                                              Indaver Ireland

Address of facility                                  Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork

Application received                              23rd April 2003

EIS circulated to specified bodies          15th September 2003

Submissions                                           A total of 9 submissions were received from third parties.

Proposed decision issued                       26th October 2004

Closing date for objections                     22nd November 2004

Objections                                             15 valid objections

Oral hearing                                           Start date 14th February 2005, Great Southern Hotel, Cork Airport.