April 1, 2010

Engineers Ireland Leveraged by Incineration Industry?

April 1, 2010.

Engineers Ireland (EI) has in the past published a "report" strongly supporting incineration.

  • Is it ethical that the publication does not appear to shout out that RPS's Mr Rudden is a VP of Engineers Ireland?  
  • Is it ethical that the publication does not highlight that RPS & others have been paid €25 million by an autocratic Dublin City Council to promote incineration at Poolbeg?
  • Is it ethical that the Engineers Ireland publication does not appear to shout out that report authors are from the incineration industry?

Has Engineers Ireland now been placed alongside other Irish Institutions which some people are wary of?  Has the ordinary membership of EI been unduly leveraged by the waste-to-toxins industry?  Did anyone ask the members opinions before the report was published using their good names?  Is EI relevant outside Ireland, and outside the small world of Irish government contracts often managed from the Galway Tent?

From Engineers Ireland's website:

A national voice     http://www.iei.ie/membership/benefits-of-membership/national-voice/
We aim to be the trusted and influential voice of engineering in Ireland, providing members with a forum to highlight and influence issues that matter to engineering, at a national level. By engaging with fellow members and supporting submissions to Government, your professional voice will be heard.

Government submissions

We speak for the engineering profession on all national policy issues by submitting many reports, articles, and presentations to Government and official bodies every year. Topics covered include infrastructure, energy, budgets, education and the overall development of the Irish economy.

Part of the EI report's curious self-justifying rationale seems to be that the proposed Poolbeg waste-to-toxins incinerator will supply heat to housing, and who could argue with such a worthy goal for the suffering socialist masses. However in practice Dublin Council has apparently made a contract which will supply the public domain good to a socialised-billionaire-speculator's offices. Mr Rudden has waffle and no numbers about waste-to-toxins energy in a totally biassed Irish Times article (April 1, 2010).

Is it ethical that the Engineers Ireland publication does not shout out the fact that report authors are from the incineration industry?
  • Veolia.

Covanta has purchased Veolia North America.  Indaver is a Belgian incinerator operator with proposals to build a toxic incinerator in a flood-zone in Cork Harbour.  Toni Soprano's waste business is not mentioned.

Was paid-to-promote-incineration Burke a past-president of EI, and if so why is this kept under the radar?

Engineers Ireland Code of Ethics

Engineers Ireland Code of Ethics outlines the standards and conduct that all Engineers Ireland members must adopt in their professional lives.

The Code includes this part:
  • Relations with colleagues, clients, employers and society in general
Here is what Judge McKechnie said in an 'unapproved' judgement in December 2009/January 2010 on Dublin City Council's Matt Twomey and his close work directing RPS 'reports' & for which RPS's Mr Rudden seems to be the director:
"Massaging of reports by Matt Twomey, which were later, in their edited versions, released publicly, is a strong indicator to me of unacceptable influence in a process supposedly carried out in the public interest,"

McKechnie said in his 'unapproved' judgment. [Sunday Business Post]

Here is an example of paid 'spin' from Mr Rudden, VP Engineers Ireland, VP RPS and paid-incinerator-promoter:
"There is no credible evidence that modern incinerators impose any risk to health."      PJ RUDDEN, Director, RPS Group, Ireland.  Irish Times, January 12, 2010

Look at that statement and compare it to Big Tobacco statements.

During a cynical DCC open-day in 2010, Covanta's engineer was aparently unable to name even one modern Covanta incinerator - even though he previously claimed over a thirty minute period, apparently, they were all modern due to continuous improvement and an awesome R&D team.

DCC refuses to conduct base line health studies.  Pollution released into the air in USA by Covanta most definitely poses more than "any" risk to human health.  The engineers excuse was that mechanical systems will always have failures.  That confirms a real threat to health, especially with regulation standards as practiced in Ireland.

Does Mr Rudden's statement match or exceed the ethics standards of Engineers Ireland?  Does the statement fully inform the public?  Is the statement true or false?  


From EI Website:
Guidelines for making a complaint about the conduct of an Engineers Ireland member.

All members of Engineers Ireland must comply with our Code of Ethics. Members of the public who are dissatisfied with service received from a member of Engineers Ireland may make a formal complaint to the institution.   

How to make a formal complaint:   See EI website.

EI Council, 2009-2010 session.
The Council is regulated by the Engineers Ireland Bye-Laws and Code of Ethics.
Engineers Ireland Officers
  • President: Dr Chris Horn, Chartered Engineer
  • Vice President: Martin Lowery, Chartered Engineer
  • Vice President: PJ Rudden, Chartered Engineer


Since 2007 he is assisting the Corrib Partners in planning, routing, EIS and construction supervision of the modified Onshore Pipeline Route in Mayo including communications and stakeholder aspects.

Covanta with an established dodgy record of repeated fines for breaking US pollution laws and has recently increased the money for "lobbying government".  Covanta also legally hires "ex" government or ex-regulator officials.

Massaged Irish Media

The Irish Times seems to publish massaged press releases more or less directly from Dublin City Council/RPS, whilst ignoring or censoring competing and accurate viewpoints.  During the property boom the Irish Times was largely funded by property supplements.  Today it needs DCC adverts. 

Socialised Comunity Gain for Speculators

DCC has a contract to supply heat from Poolbeg to a socialised-speculator miles away in Dublin's Docklands (the speculator possibly now hanging out in China has been inducted into the €80 billion national bankruptcy process and owns the NAMA treasury building; or perhaps vice versa).  Anglo's planning department for Poolbeg, DDDA, is now disgraced.  The offshored-cabal directing our native politicians governed Anglo, DDDA, DCC, Dublin Port Company and other speculators in the Banama Republic of Poolbeg.  Poolbeg scams such as the closed IGB (glass bottle recycling factory) will cost taxpayers €1 billion to €2 billion.  This same faceless cabal is pulling strings for the incinerator - all behind closed doors and for curious reasons.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The Irish Times - Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Corruption law

ONE OF the most striking outcomes of investigations into corruption in Irish life has been a failure to prosecute those directly responsible for the bribery of officials and of elected representatives. Tribunal chairmen concluded that corruption took place and that money was paid over by named individuals. But criminal prosecutions did not follow. Different levels of proof are, indeed, required in the two systems. However, if the criminal law dealing with white-collar crime is so inadequate, what have successive governments been doing for the past decade?