Haulbowline Island Remediation Project
Cork County Council has been appointed as Agent for the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to oversee the regularisation of the East Tip on Haulbowline in order to fulfil the State's obligations under the Waste Framework Directive and address the related shortcomings identified in the Letter of Formal Notice issued in September 2010 [C(2010)6536].
Haulbowline Island was the location of Ireland's only steelworks which operated on the Island between 1939 and 2001. Waste from the steel production process was deposited on the Spit Bank, a shallow sand spit extending eastwards from the Naval Dockyard, from the early 1960's. This area of reclaimed foreshore became known as the East Tip. In July 2011 Cork County Council was requested to progress the regularisation of the site by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine which entailed the preparation of both a waste licence and planning application.
The design of the remedial solution for the East Tip and the preparation of the various application documents was predicated on the findings of the Detailed Quantitative Risk Assessment (DQRA) - it's function being the quantification of risk to human health and the environment posed by the site and the identification of the remedial solution pertinent to the mitigation of those risks. In summary the DQRA concluded that:
- No risks to the wider community now or in long term were identified; and
- There is no evidence to suggest actual pollution of Cork Harbour waters is occurring to the extent that WQSs are being exceeded.
A planning application for the remediation of the East Tip and its transformation into a public recreational amenity was submitted to An Bord Pleanála (ABP) on 30th October 2013 and the associated waste licence application was submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on 14th November 2013. An oral hearing was held by ABP on March 19th 2014 and planning granted on May 1st 2014. A waste licence was subsequently granted on 23rd July.
The process to procure contractors to undertake the remediation works and develop the public recreational amenity commenced in December 2015 and the Letter of Intent issued to the preferred tenderer in February 2017. The Latest News section of this website provides an outline of the various project milestones.
As an all-Island approach has been adopted in terms of addressing the steelworks legacy a risk assessment of the former steelworks has been completed and a planning application is currently being prepared which will facilitate the remediation of this site. If you have any queries in relation to the Haulbowline Island Remediation Project please contact the Customer Centre on 021-4285517.