CHASE, the alliance of environmental groups opposing the development of a €160 million incinerator at Ringaskiddy in Co Cork, has said the application for the project should be thrown out because the company, Indaver, submitted incorrect information.

An Bórd Pleanála is in the process of adjudicating on an application by Indaver for an incinerator capable of dealing with 240,000 tonnes of waste per annum.

During an oral hearing on the application, it emerged that figures contained in two appendices to its environmental impact statement were incorrect.

An Bórd Pleanála asked Indaver to resubmit the appendices, which was done yesterday.

Today, CHASE said Indaver should not have been given the opportunity to resubmit figures on dioxins in its original EIS and the application should have been rejected.

Indaver blamed the error on an "administrative error".

CHASE Chairperson Mary O'Leary said the extension of time to allow Indaver to correct its figures was a kick in the teeth to those who had scrambled to make submissions and observations within the time limits laid down.

In the information supplied to An Bórd Pleanála yesterday, Indaver also responded to concerns raised by the Department of Defence relating to the impact of the proposed incinerator on helicopter traffic at the adjoining base of the Naval Service at Haulbowline in Cork Harbour.

It said a number of experts which the company consulted had concluded that the incinerator would not curtail, constrain or affect the safety of helicopter operations at the base.

However, CHASE said that given Indaver's poor track record in the accuracy of its application, its assertions in this respect should be taken with a pinch of salt.

CHASE has urged An Bórd Pleanála to reject Indaver's application at this stage, or to give observers and opponents and opportunity to review Indaver's new material and to revise their own submissions.

The board of An Bórd Pleanála will decide in the coming weeks how it will proceed with Indaver's application from here.

A decision on the project has already been postponed three times.

Yesterday, Indaver Ireland Managing Director John Ahern said the company was confident its proposed incinerator was fully in line with regional, national and EU waste policy and that the need for such a facility in Cork was underlined by the fact that most of Cork's residual waste is exported to elsewhere in the country or abroad.

Indaver is applying for a licence for an incinerator capable of dealing with 240,000 tonnes of waste per annum.

The facility proposes to incinerate household, commercial, industrial, non-hazardous and suitable hazardous waste.

It says the facility will generate approximately 18.5mw of electricity in the process.