PRESS RELEASE 27 DECEMBER, 2000


GRANT FOR CLARE EXPLOSIVE FACTORY

TO BE APPEALED


Friends of the Irish Environment will appeal this decision because it was not made in accordance with the Seveso Directive which forms part of the Clare Development Plan.
Instead, 19th century English legislation has been used which fails to provide adequate consultation or information to the public.


Under the Seveso Directive, the public has the right to know exactly and in simple terms the common names for what is being produced, the principal dangerous characteristics, the storage facilities, the management systems, and the potential effect on the population of a major accident at the factory or in transport.


Article 11 of this Directive requires the production of internal and external "Emergency Plans" with the object of "communicating the necessary information to the public." No such Emergency Plans was required.


Early warning procedures, calls out procedures, coordination of emergency responses - all of this is vital information is required to be provided to the public "without them having to ask".


The Seveso Directive was implemented to ensure consultation with the public; to create a high level of protection in order to prevent major accident hazards; and to limit the consequences of major disasters to man and his environment. None of these are properly implemented by this local authority decision, in spite of correspondence on file which shows clearly the local authority attempted to oblige the developer to comply with this Directive.


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