Test operations at the Poolbeg Incinerator have been halted for the day while investigations continue into a lime leak.
The incident, which took place late last night, has sparked health and safety concerns at the Ringsend plant. Eleven workers were hospitalised after an accidental leak left them exposed to lime. Two of them were kept in St Vincent's Hospital overnight as a precaution.
"They were treated on site initially and then a number of them went over in their own cars or with somebody else over to St Vincents Hospital", says John Daly, General Manager at the site.
"As I understand it a couple of them had issues with their eyes and also, in terms of, irritation in their throat", he added
However, the worker's injuries are not thought to be serious.
Last night's incident comes just one week since the Ringsend plant started to burn waste. Green Party TD Eamon Ryan says the health and safety protocols in the immediate aftermath of this leak are a cause for concern.
"I don’t think the plant should start up until [an] investigation and a review of their safety standards takes place because it’s not good enough for eleven workers to be injured, it’s not good enough for them to have to make their own way to hospital"
In a statement, the Environmental Protection Agency says they’re satisfied there was no danger to the public from this leak while The Health and Safety Authority says it's treating the situation as a 'dangerous occurrence'.
Early indications suggest this incident may have been caused by a faulty door seal.