02 July 2008

Residents fear costs may delay Haulbowline clean-up

The Independent 2/7/08

Residents in Cork Harbour say they fear the pressure on the public finances may delay the clean-up of toxic waste at the site of the former Irish Steel plant in Haulbowline.

Last night, the residents met Environment Minister John Gormley to discuss their concerns about reports that the Government has halted the removal of hazardous waste from the site.

Instead, it has asked contractors to seal off the "lagoons" which contain the waste.

Mr Gormley assured the residents last night that there is no threat to public health, but they say they are still concerned that the clean-up will be delayed due to massive cost involved. Mr Gormley says he will be open about the situation at al times.


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