Indaver Ireland has been refused planning permission to build a €150m toxic waste incinerator at Ringaskiddy, Co Cork.
The company, as well as more than 300 objectors to the project, was told of the decision this morning by An Bord Pleanala, which has been considering the proposal for more than a year.
In January 2010, the Board refused permission for a municipal waste incinerator, but agreed to consider giving the green light to a 100,000 tonne hazardous waste facility as well as a transfer station.
However, it said concerns over coastal erosion and flooding as well as the size of the incinerator would have to be resolved first. Indaver subsequently made several changes to its proposals, but failed to alleviate the concerns of And Bord Pleanala.
Ringaskiddy is home to more chemical companies than anywhere else in the country and objectors claimed that there were safer and cleaner alternatives available. Others suggested that there was no need for the facility at all.