Who are we?
‘Save Our Skibbereen’ was set up to stop the proposed RTP/Daly Products Plastic Nurdle Processing Factory at Poundlick, Baltimore Road, Skibbereen, Co. Cork.
RTP Company, whose headquarters is in Winona, Minnesota 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 hope to build in Skibbereen was planned with four 16 metre emissions stacks; nevertheless the planning authorities and EPA decided they did not require an Environmental Impact Study and the facility required no Integrated Pollution Control licence nor even an Emissions Licence.
In the Cork County Council Ecologist’s report, 18th December 2017, there was no consideration of the possible impact on the environment of nurdle pollution nor was there any consideration of the impact of waste water that would contain microplastics that would be contaminated with heavy metals, volatile organic compounds and many toxins associated with the process of manufacturing RTP products.
SOS feared for the safety of the Environment in and around Skibbereen and West Cork and feared for the Marine Environment should the planning application have been approved and the factory allowed to go ahead.