I don't know if there's a thread on this already (EDIT: Yes there was - http://www.politics.ie/current-affai...e-scandal.html - thanks soubresauts) but the whole issue has my blood boiling. Apparently I (along with many other people) am living in a toxic waste dump. 500000 tonnes of toxic waste were found on Haulbowline island in Cork harbour and Cobh, a small town outside Cork, has cancer rates 37% higher than the country's average (presumably related to Chromium 6 being found in samples of waste from Haulbowline).
However, the working group set up by the Dail has as its remit to- Deputy David Stanton ( http://www.corkindependent.com/local...or-cover%11up/ )to look at possible uses for the site [Haulbowline] but it is precluded from looking at the contamination issue. This is like putting the cart before the horse. It's either incompetence or a cover-up.
This issue has received national coverage
RTÉ News: Concerns grow over Cork toxic waste
and the government has come in for international criticism for threatening an whistleblower who claimed they are playing down the risk posed by the waste
Irish government threatens Haulbowline whistleblower - Times Online
The same article states that- thats 15 bloody years ago!!!another report produced in 1995, which was commissioned by Irish Steel, a semi-state company which operated the industrial works, recorded the presence of high concentrations of lead, zinc and other toxic materials
http://machinenation.forumakers.com/...ium-6-t878.htm - machine nation also has a thread on this topic (thanks again to soubresauts)
Cork Harbour Alliance for a Safe Environment (CHASE) - http://www.chaseireland.org/ http://www.chaseireland.org/inthemed...ToxicWaste.htm