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Gormley accused of 'NIMBY' approach to incineration

16 October, 2007


Sinn Féin Environment Spokesperson Martin Ferris TD has today slammed the decision of An Bord Pleanála to approve plans for an extension of the incinerator in Carronstown, County Meath.

Speaking today Deputy Ferris also accused Environment Minister John Gormley of taking a NIMBY (not in my back yard) approach to incineration. He said it is now quite clear that the Minister was talking about the incinerators in Meath and Cork, and not the one in his own constituency, when he spoke last week of the state needing to burn 400,000 tonnes of rubbish as this will now be the combined capacity of the Meath and Cork plants as a result of today's decision.

Deputy Ferris said, "The decision by An Bord Pleanala to grant Indaver Ireland permission to extend the capacity of the Carronstown incinerator is to be condemned. Indaver Ireland has now reneged on the two undertakings it agreed to in its original application to build the incinerator. These were that they would not seek to increase capacity and that they would only take waste from the North East of the State. This application should have been thrown out on this basis.

"It would now seem that Environment Minister John Gormley is taking a NIMBY approach to incineration. Last week he reversed his party's previous opposition to incineration when he announced his belief that the state needs two incinerators with a combined capacity to burn 400,000 tonnes of waste per year.

"It is now clear that he was talking about the incinerators in Meath and Cork, and not the one in his own constituency, as this will now be the combined capacity of the Meath and Cork plants as a result of today's decision.

"Today's decision also allows Indaver to take waste from Dublin to the Carronstown plant which would suit the Minister's plans to oppose the incinerator in his own constituency while supporting those in Meath and Cork.

"It is completely unacceptable that the Minister is happy to see incineration imposed on some communities while strongly opposing it on his own doorstep. I would call on him and his Green Party colleagues to revert to their previous position and Sinn Féin's current policy of reduce, re-use and recycle towards zero waste.

"Increasing recycling rates show that the Irish people are quite prepared to embrace this policy if the infrastructure is there. This is where the Minister's priority should be." ENDS

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