Questions Nos. 374, 375 and 376

To the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government:

To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the progress of his report to Cabinet on the waste stored at Haulbowline Island, County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if he will publish the safety file on Haulbowline Island, County Cork on his Departments website (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.

To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if his attention has been drawn to concerns by the European Commission regarding the storage of waste at Haulbowline Island, County Cork; his views on whether any measure must be taken by the Irish authorities to satisfy waste legislation under EU Directives 75/442/EEC, now codified as Directive 2006/12/EC, and Directive 91/659/EEC; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
- Simon Coveney.

 


For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 26th May, 2009.

Ref Nos: 21391/09, 21392/09 and 21393/09


REPLY

Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (Mr. Gormley):


I propose to take Questions Nos. 374, 375 and 376 together:

The Government is considering the position in relation to Haulbowline having regard to works and investigations undertaken since 2003 under the aegis of my Department.

My Department does not intend to publish the documentation referred to in the question on its web site, but would be happy to furnish a hard copy of the file to the Deputy if that would be of assistance to him.

The European Commission has recently communicated to Ireland a complaint concerning the site at Haulbowline. My Department is currently formulating Ireland's response and it would be inappropriate for me to comment further at this juncture.

 

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