Plans for the Cork Harbour site, adjacent to the former Irish Steel/Ispat plant, are still subject to the granting of a waste licence from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the coming weeks.
But this week's planning approval "was a big set necessary to convince people that this clean-up will happen," said Marine Minister Simon Coveney.
Conditions attached to the planning board's decision include the declaration of a 1km monitoring zone around the site with marine mammal observer to ensure that wildlife are not disturbed by the works to make safe some 500,000 tonnes of waste, including many toxic heavy metals and cancer-causing materials. The Irish Examiner has more HERE.
Last month the Green Party's Dan Boyle criticised the Government's slow progress on dealing with the Haulbowline site after the latest in a series of risk assessments was commissioned more than 18 months after the clean-up package was signed off.
In February this year local councillors raised concerns over leaks from the toxic waste site during that month's severe weather and high tides.