50 Million Tons of Toxic waste in danger of Flooding: Shannon Estuary

โ€œ๐—œ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐˜โ€™๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—น๐˜† ๐—ฎ ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐˜๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—ฐ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—บ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐˜† ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฑโ€
With the COP26 summit in Glasgow in its second week of negotiations, itโ€™s noteworthy that ๐‘ช๐’๐’Š๐’Ž๐’‚๐’•๐’† ๐‘ช๐’†๐’๐’•๐’“๐’‚๐’ has developed a world map which shows that parts of Ireland could at least be partially below annual flood levels in a decade.(1)
๐‘ช๐’๐’Š๐’Ž๐’‚๐’•๐’† ๐‘ช๐’†๐’๐’•๐’“๐’‚๐’ a nonprofit news organization that analyzes and reports on climate science that is regularly cited by news agencies like the Associated Press and Reuters, based their sea-level estimation map on peer-reviewed science in leading journals.
The map indicates danger for Irelandโ€™s coastal areas including the Shannon Estuary that could see large tracts of land regularly devastated by flooding and in a worse case scenario, permanently submerged underwater if present trends continue.
In recent days LAP – Limerick Against Pollution raised concerns that โ€œparts of Limerick that could be under water in less than 10 yearsโ€.
Another group of activists in the Shannon region, Cappagh Farmers have raised concerns about the potential danger of flooding of the Aughinish Alumina site due to climate change.
Speaking to M-Compass Media, Pat Geoghegan who has campaigned for more than two decades on the environmental threat posed by the stockpiling of 50 million tonnes of toxic red mud on a 450 acre site on the banks of the Shannon Estuary says heโ€™s concerned about recent news of the threat posed by climate change.
โ€œWeโ€™ve been campaigning about the danger of leaching into the estuary from the parts of the dump that are unlined.
Weโ€™ve also continuously raised the issue of air borne pollution that could be partly responsible for the high rate of cancer in the area.
In recent times we have warned about the danger posed by the recent granting of a license by the EPA to carry out blasting adjacent to the dump,โ€ Pat said.
He went on to say he was very taken aback by a number of newspaper reports published last week to coincide with the opening of the COP26 summit in Glasgow and the publication last Thursday of the governmentโ€™s Climate Action Plan that cite the ๐‘ช๐’๐’Š๐’Ž๐’‚๐’•๐’† ๐‘ช๐’†๐’๐’•๐’“๐’‚๐’ map showing the threat of coastal flooding within the next decade.
โ€œHave we learned nothing from the toxic red mud flow that happened in Hungary in 2010 where a dam collapsed because of high rainfall?โ€ he asked.
Pat went on to explain:
โ€œThe reservoir contained industrial waste material stored from a nearby bauxite factory similar to Aughinish Alumina and a million cubic metres of industrial waste was released that ended up contaminating thousands of acres of farmland across an area 40 sq km.โ€
Pat said the pH level of the mud was high enough to cause chemical burns and it killed fish and other wildlife.
โ€œWe must not forget the unfortunate nine people who died and the scores who were injured. Will it take a disaster of this scale to wake the people of Ireland up to the ticking time-bomb we have on our doorstep.
I believe itโ€™s only a matter of time before disaster strikes and state authorities in charge of licensing this operation cannot claim that they were not cautioned,โ€ Pat warned.
Pat Geogheganโ€™s interview with Anna Kavanagh about the recent decision by the EPA to grant a blasting license to Aughinish Alumina is here https://fb.watch/9abIB6DvUo/