WYG to carry out an independent site assessment at Haulbowline


Mr John Gormley TD, Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government has announced that he has engaged consultants - White Young Green - to carry out an independent and rigorous assessment of site conditions at the former Irish Ispat site at Haulbowline, Co. Cork.

White Young Green were engaged following - what the Minister referred to as - extensive unauthorised works by sub-contractors of Hammond Lane Metal Company Ltd at the site (Click Here).

The assessment, which will begin this week, will involve analysis of soil, slag, dust, surface and ground water samples for all likely contaminants - including heavy metals such as Chromium.

White Young Green had previously carried out an extensive intrusive site investigation in 2005, which indicated no evidence of any immediate threat to human health or the environment.

In this context, Minister Gormley stated that WYG are best suited to determine the best way forward in securing the site from an Environmental and Health & Safety point of view, should they find any immediate threat that presents as a result of the unauthorised work of the sub-contractors.

Testing results will be assessed against baseline data from WYG's previous survey in 2005. This assessment will form part of a programmed approach to the management of the site and will also be used to inform further consideration of the future of the site by Government.

To view the Minister's statement - Click Here