THE GROUP opposing plans to allow Eras Eco Ltd to process hazardous waste will now operate under the collective title of the Blackwater Estuary Action Group (BEAG). The group’s executive includes Michelle Hennessy and Aoife Hennessy as committee officers and Éanna Dowling as PRO.
In its first official press release the group reiterates its resistance to the proposed plans. Under the banner headline, ‘Protect the Blackwater Estuary from Hazardous Waste,’ the release refers to traffic movements and, potential noxious odours and emissions to water as possible sources of “anxiety to all communities throughout the region.” BEAG perceives a threat to the local economy if hazardous waste is imported to Youghal and also expresses concerns over the company’s operational record to date, stating that limit exceedances “are regular, consistent and unacceptable.”
Citing self-regulation as “no regulation,” BEAG claims “Eras Eco Ltd has failed to inform the local community of operations at the plant and have failed to pro-actively engage local stakeholders in the planning process.” The group accuses the company of being bad “corporate neighbours” in choosing “not to host public meetings to present their annual reports and not alerting locals to breaches of their EPA licence.” It says the company is also presenting “experimental technology as well established and proven.”
The press release stresses that BEAG ‘will do everything in our power to protect ourselves, our children and our environment. We hope this will foster a more considered understanding of our deep and enduring need for a healthy environment, clean water and fresh air.’ It concludes with notice that a public meeting will be held at Youghal GAA club on Wednesday August 31st, 7.30pm. Inquiries: Éanna Dowling, 089- 4210294.