Dairygold and its Norwegian partner Tine have been given permission to pump 4 million litres of effluent per day into Cork Harbour.
The effluent will be pumped 14 kilometres into the inner reaches of Cork Harbour. The University of Galway has established that this part of the harbour takes 70 days to flush.
And because of the way the water and currents behave in Cork Harbour, instead of flushing out into the sea, the effluent will accumulate and have an as yet unknown effect on the harbour and its fragile ecosystems and wildlife.
We should heed the warning given by the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Mississippi river is devoid of oxygen from nutrient overload and has created a dead zone in both the Mississippi Delta and 7,000 square miles of the Gulf of Mexico.
You can read the full story of what is going on here: Why we should be worried…
All details of the application are here on the EPA website: Dairygold Co-Operative Society Ltd and TINE Ireland Ltd