SOS Emergency Public Meeting

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An Bord Pleanala have ruled in favour of granting permission to the RTP Thermoplastic Compunds Facility at Poundlick, Skibbereen. They have gone against the advice of their own inspectors who recommended that permission not be granted. SOS are fully prepared … Read More

Fire at RTP Company Factory

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At 11.50pm on Saturday 27th, a fire broke out at the RTP Company Plastic Factory in Beaune, France. Thankfully there were no casualties reported. The fire was difficult to fight and required the use of specialist foam cannons to put … Read More

Sign the International Petition to Support the ‘Save Our Skibbereen’ Campaign

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The following petition has been started by Alicia Ní Ghráinne of the West Cork Green Business Alliance. Alicia is a film-maker who lives in Baltimore, West Cork and is seeking to draw on the support of the Irish community in the … Read More

Our National Marine Planning Process – How to Make a Submission

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1. What is Marine Spatial Planning? Marine spatial planning is a process that brings together multiple users of the ocean to make informed and coordinated decisions about how to use marine resources sustain-ably. It is a process by which the … Read More

Skibbereen, West Cork & The Wild Atlantic Way

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Here are some of our favourite photos that show off the environment we are seeking to protect. If you read our other articles, you will see how the emissions and waste water from the proposed Thermoplastic Compounds Facility will have … Read More

Frequently Asked Questions

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This document sets out the most frequently asked questions from the press, politicians and members of the public that campaign group members may regularly be called on to answer. The aim is to provide everyone involved with a regularly updated … Read More

Environmental and Health Impacts

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  Overview   RTP Company, whose headquarters is in Winona, Minnesota has applied for planning permission to build a Polymer Compounding Facility, under the name of a newly formed subsidiary, Daly Products, on the Baltimore Road Skibbereen. The factory they … Read More

Poundlick, Skibbereen – From Green Belt to Plastic : 2015-2018

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In December 2015, the first reports of moves to rezone the Greenbelt site at Poundlick, Skibbereen, were reported in the media. Members of the county council’s planning policy committee were told by senior local authority officials that they have been … Read More

Plastic Nurdles Everywhere – A Cautionary tale from Wellington, NZ

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Lorraine Shaab, a frequent visitor to our pages at ‘Save Our Skibbereen’ wrote to us recently about the scourge of Plastic Nurdles on their coastline at Wellington, New Zealand. In 2014, the issue of nurdles at Evans Bay beach, Wellington, … Read More

Inish Beg Family Picnic

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We’re looking forward to a great day out at Inish Beg Estate on Sunday, September 2nd, from 2pm – 5pm. We are immensely grateful to everyone at Inish Beg and especially Paul and Georgie Keane for their support and generosity … Read More

Fresh air and clean water in Skibbereen, West Cork versus Winona, Minnesota

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Fresh air and clean water in Skibbereen, West Cork versus Winona, Minnesota where the quality of air consistently falls below national standards and water quality is impaired.   RTP Company, the parent company of Daly Products who hope to build … Read More

Damien Enright : Manufacture of reviled plastic ‘nurdles’ a threat to Skibb’

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A heated meeting of residents in Skibbereen on July 19 reflected their anxieties about the hazards they fear if a plastics factory manufacturing ‘nurdles’ — polymer pellets — is built in the town, writes Damien Enright. Last year, despite impassioned objections … Read More

Oceans Deeply : Why a Small Irish Town Is Fighting to Stop a Plastics Factory

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Residents of Skibbereen fear the industrial facility would foul their air and water while adding to ocean plastic pollution. The plant is part of a global plastic factory-building boom driven by cheap natural gas. A wave of governments has moved to … Read More

Sea Change Project – Marine Pollution and Human Health

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(This article is extracted from the EU funded Sea Change Project. Links below. Illustration by Marker Wizards Ltd.) Many of our waste products end up in the sea. This includes visible litter as well as invisible waste such as chemicals … Read More

Towards a better future: A sprint or a marathon?

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When I first joined the Save Our Skibbereen Campaign I rang Polly Higgins Award Winning Author barrister and Ecocide Law Expert. She warned me , “Don’t even get into this if you aren’t prepared to be in it for the … Read More

An Enriching Encounter with a ‘Blow In’ to West Cork

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I recently spent a day watching magnificent Finn Whales off the coast of West Cork with Colin Barnes, ‘Cork Whale Watch’. What a privilege it was to be in the company of these giants, being the second largest animal on … Read More

RTP Company’s new plant in Wroclaw, Poland

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RTP have opened a new Plastic Factory in Wroclaw, Poland. From their own website, it was announced as follows in February 2018 : “The 8,000 square metre facility, located at Prologis Park V in Wroclaw, has a wide dock area … Read More

Ecosystems & Wildlife : The Danger of Nurdles & POPs – Video & Audio

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Presentation on the dangers of Nurdles & Pops by Fiona Hayes Taken from SOS Public Meeting, 12th July, at The West Cork Hotel, Skibbereen Video Version :         Audio Version via Soundcloud :

Athlone Plastics Factory sued over Smells & Noise – A Saga from 2005 to 2018

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What is so interesting about this head line is that it comes from an article in the Irish Times dated Thursday April 7th 2005. A disturbing account of the health hazards of living in the close vicinity of a Plastics … Read More

Hi, I’m Bryan McNeill

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I’ve been fishing debris out of the river for several years.  I began picking up floating trash to make the scenery more appealing to myself and other patrons of Speed River Paddling, a local Guelph kayak/canoe rental company.  They used … Read More

Messages of Support – David Puttnam & Jeremy Irons

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David Puttnam “As someone who has worked for over twenty years on the development of strategic and environmentally sustainable European solutions to economic and employment problems, the proposal for a plastics factory in Skibbereen flies in the face of all … Read More

SAVE OUR SKIBBEREEN – NO PLASTIC NURDLES FACTORY

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We believe this factory is ill advised, badly planned, and has not been subjected to the necessary and rigorous tests of suitability that Skibbereen and West Cork deserve. We believe it will impact terribly on our air, our water, our … Read More

RedFM Report on SOS Public Meeting held on the 12th July 2018 at The West Cork Hotel

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200 People Attend Public Meeting As Concern Mounts Over Planned Plastic Factory In Skibbereen

Cadmium in Skibbereen – How much is too much?

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Cadmium. How much is too much? Any. Zero cadmium is good for you. Any more than that is bad for you. Really bad. What is Cadmium?  Cadmium is a soft, malleable, ductile, bluish-white divalent metal. It is similar in many respects to zinc but … Read More

RTP Company / Daly Products Ltd. Factory Location

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The application site is situated towards the south-west of Skibberreen. The town centre area of Skibbereen is some 1.3km away from the site. It is a greenfield site and the surrounding area is mostly rural / agricultural in nature. As … Read More

Cork’s RedFM – Residents In Skibbereen Oppose Plans For Plastic Factory

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Residents In Skibbereen Oppose Plans For Plastic Factory   http://www.redfm.ie/news/cork/residents-in-skibbereen-oppose-plans-for-plastic-factory/

Sunday Times – Skibbereen stars, Jeremy Irons and David Puttnam, join plastic factory protest

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Jeremy Irons and David Puttnam add voices to campaign against proposed plant that locals say clashes with area’s ‘clean living’ ethos. Residents in Skibbereen, Co Cork are opposing plans for a thermoplastic factory they claim will clash with the “clean … Read More

Factory Waste Water

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The above image shows the point of outflow from the waste water treatment plant into the Ilen When an industry (as opposed to residential) discharges to the waste water treatment plant, there are often requirements to licence directly by the … Read More

What is Skibbereen?

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What is Skibbereen and how is it represented on the internet? What kind of place do people expect to find when they visit Skibbereen? These are just some examples from heavily marketed websites. If you had never visited Skibbereen, these … Read More

Plastic Nurdle Spillages

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The pre production polymer pellets or Nurdles get spilled in production, in road transport and in shipping. Each bulk truck can carry about 2 billion nurdles per load. This is such a big problem that the industry itself has an … Read More

Cork County Council : Cork County Development Plan 2014 – 2022

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We would like to highlight the proposals for Skibbereen that were outlined in the Cork County Development Plan 2014 – 2022. This plan was prepared in accordance with the steps set out in the Planning and Development Acts. It was adopted … Read More

Questions

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Why is plastic such a big issue now? Why are businesses making a big deal out of reducing their use of plastic? Why is it in the news? Are people aware that plastic is a problem? Are tourists aware that … Read More

How Many Jobs?

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The mystery of the 50 jobs! There have been repeated references in the press to 50 jobs… …but even in the planning application that is not stated. The highest figure in the application is 20-40 jobs and this is determined … Read More

Factory Construction

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Proposed construction schedule = 12 months (projected) Excavation of site = Removal of 40,000m³ /60,000 tonnes of soil and stone = 1,500 truckloads @ 40 tonne per truck which is = 3,000 return trips through Skibbereen = 50 truck loads … Read More

Factory Location

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Why was there no Traffic Impact Assessment (T.I.A.) carried out or called for? If the site goes above 5,000 square metres it is required. This factory plan is for 4,800 so it is under the threshold, but Dept. of Transport … Read More

Fire & Explosions

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The greatest concerns for Emergency Responders, in particular Firefighters is the burning of plastics. Plastic fire flames spread at 2 feet per second which is 10 times faster than dry wood. Firefighters have to wear self contained breathing apparatus (S.C.B.A.s) … Read More

RTP Company – Chimney Emissions

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The planning application for the Daly Product Polymer Compounding Factory has had no report compiled on it except those that were commissioned on behalf of RTP/Daly Products as part of their submission. No independent study was commissioned on the impact … Read More

Skibbereen Waters

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The EPA in Ireland in their studies of plastic in the fresh water environment showed how the water slows down as it reaches the lower courses and so many of the plastic nurdles are deposited here, as shown above. These … Read More

The Southern Star : Residents opposed to plastics factory

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SIR – I refer to your article in the paper dated April 21st, headlined ‘Skibb Plastics firm’s parent to open new Polish facility.’   http://www.southernstar.ie/news/roundup/articles/2018/05/06/4155628-letter-residents-opposed-to-plastics-factory/

The Southern Star : Arguments against proposed factory

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SIR – I refer to an article in last week’s issue regarding the proposed application by ‘Daly Products Ltd’ t/a RTP Co, for a plastics factory on the Baltimore Road, which is currently with An Bord Pleanála due to the … Read More

Green News : Skibbereen residents fearful of plastic factory impact on everyday life

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“Simon Lockwood and his two children live in a blue-painted house in one of the greenest, most secluded parts of Poundlick, Skibbereen… Skibbereen residents fearful of plastic factory impact on everyday life

The Southern Star : Puttnam: ‘Questions need to be asked’ about plastics factory

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LORD David Puttnam has said that more questions need to be asked about Cork County Council’s decision to grant planning permission for a new plastics factory in Skibbereen.   http://www.southernstar.ie/news/business/articles/2018/02/23/4152388-puttnam-questions-need-to-be-asked-about-plastics-factory/

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