The Workers’ Party has called described the overnight flooding of the toxic waste site on Haulbowline Island in
Cork Harbour as extremely worrying and the party have called for immediate action to deal with the situation there.
Cork East Workers’ Party representative John Jefferies said that the toxic sites on the eastern end of Haulbowline
Island were breached by yesterday evening’s (Thursday) high tide and choppy seas and the contaminated area had been
swamped by the sea with the potential for heavy metals such as Chromium 6, Arsenic and other toxins being washed into the
waters of Cork Harbour.
Mr. Jefferies said that there was now a huge lagoon covering the contaminated area and that it was open to the sea at
high tide and with high tides due to continue for several more days there is a danger of even more material being washed into
“With the entire world’s media now focussed on the toxic waste
disaster in Hungary it is time for the Irish government to work with all speed to deal with our toxic time bomb at Haulbowline.
We may not have the immediately visible red sludge but some of the heavy metals found in the Hungarian flood are the same
as those which are now in all likelihood being washed into Cork Harbour”.
Both Cork Harbour and the Hungarian sludge contain Chromium, Arsenic and Lead. Haulbowline
also has Mercury, Nickel and other heavy metals as identified in a study published by the Department of the Environment 2
“Mr. Gormley must act immediately if he wants to avoid being the Green minister who presided over a toxic disaster
in Cork Harbour and face the prospect of fines of up to €100,000 a day on Ireland from the EU commission. The time for prevarication is well and truly over” said John Jefferies.