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Sinn Féin lodges appeal against Carronstown incinerator

22 November, 2004


Meath County Councillor Joe Reilly today announced that Sinn Féin has lodged a formal appeal with the Environmental Protection Agency against the granting of a Waste Licence to Indaver Ireland to operate an incinerator at Carronstown, Duleek, Co Meath.

Cllr Reilly has called for the entire incinerator process to be halted. He described the extremely casual attitude of the Environmental Protection Agency to incineration as "dangerous and unacceptable" and said it unbelievable that their licensing arrangements would allow Indaver to treat hazardous material, which is among the most toxic known to human kind, in the same manner as it would a sack of household refuse.

The appeal is co-signed by Councillor Reilly, Arthur Morgan TD and Drogheda Councillors Imelda Munster, Matthew Coogan, Dom Wilton and Meath Councillor Michael Gallagher.

Councillor Reilly said:

"Sinn Féin has lodged an appeal with the Environmental Protection Agency against the granting of a Waste Licence to Indaver Ireland to operate an incinerator at Carronstown, Duleek, Co Meath. Our appeal cites 18 individual objections to the proposed incinerator on a range of issues relating to incineration itself, monitoring, disposal, independent verification and the need to notify residents in the event of system failure. But central to all of these is the extremely casual approach of the EPA to the licensing of incineration processes.

"Approximately 5% of waste accepted at the incinerator will emerge as hazardous waste but no specific conditions are placed on its transport; on the specific destination of the waste and how such waste may be treated at its destination. Under the terms of this loose condition, there is any amount of room for unscrupulous operators to abuse the licensing regime. It again demonstrates the inability of the Agency to even construct appropriate licensing conditions in such a manner as to give maximum protection to residents and to our environment.

"The hazardous material emerging from the incinerator is among the most toxic known to humankind, yet it is treated in this condition as equivalent to a sack of household refuse. How can this be? Why is the Agency taking such a casual approach to the incineration industry? This entire incineration process must be halted, at least until such appropriate body is put in place as to adequately oversee the licensing regime.

"Sinn Féin believes that there is no justification for incineration. It produces toxins which are detrimental to the health of communities in which the incinerators are situated. Incineration flies in the face of any real environmental waste management strategy and has the effect of locking us into disposal as the prime approach to waste management. Incineration creates a major disincentive for the reduction and recycling of waste as incinerators need to be fed large volumes of waste to remain viable. We need proper commitment and investment from the Department of Environment Heritage and Local Government to a waste management policy based on reduction, reuse and recycle guided by the ultimate goal of zero waste." ENDS

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