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Huge Explosion rocks Indaver flagship Belgian plant

category international | environment | news report author Saturday February 27, 2016 02:22author by CHASE - Cork Harbour Alliance for a Safe Environment Report this post to the editors

Indaver operate an Incinerator in Meath and have planning permission for another in Cork Harbour

The Dutch company Indaver operates an incinerator in Duleek, Co. Meath and have lodged planning permission for another incinerator in Cork Harbour. In light of this the explosion of their plant in Netherlands today has significance for us here.

60 firefighters rushed to control an explosion at Indaver’s flagship Antwerp facility today (26 Feb 2016) in what was described by local fire services as a ‘municipal disaster’ as they shut down the nearby road tunnel and requested residents close doors and windows.

The explosion, the cause of which is not yet clear, started in a storage bunker. According to Indaver themselves it was a violent explosion followed by three fires. It took almost 4 hours to get completely under control. See video below.

Videos and photos captured by locals show the explosion and enormous plume

The explosion provides damning evidence that:

  • The location in Ringaskiddy [of the planned Indaver incinerator] is absolutely unsuitable for such a plant, and the risk to local residents, students, staff and Naval personnel is completely unacceptable
  • Accidents do happen at incinerators and waste treatment plants
  • Accidents do happen at Indaver’s facilities

It is essential to put an end to this planning application once and for all. 30,000 people and 2 planning Inspectors have rejected it before Bord Pleanala refused planning in 2011.

If you have not objected, you can do so now on http://www.chasecorkharbour.com/objection or directly to An Bord Pleanala.

Related Link: http://chasecorkharbour.com/huge-explosion-rocks-indaver-flagship-belgian-plant/





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