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Morgan furious at Cullen plans to fast track building of incinerators

23 October, 2003

Sinn Féin spokesperson the Environment, Heritage and Local Government Arthur Morgan T.D. reacted angrily to plans by the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government Martin Cullen T.D. to "fast track" the construction of poisonous incinerators by way of the proposed National Infrastructure Board.

Deputy Morgan said:

"The proposal to "fast track" the construction of poisonous incinerators is in stark contrast to the painfully slow provision of recycling facilities. It appears that the only section of the Waste Management Plans being implemented is the incineration element, other than the provision of a small number of bring banks.

"Where for example is the plans for separated waste collection in urban centres of 500 or more houses? A token "green bin" is no substitute for a proper separated waste collection. Why is Minister Cullen not "fast tracking" this important element of waste management plans? Why is there no "fast tracking" of proper civic amenity centres in all major towns and cities?

"It is clear where this Government's priorities are. Minister Cullen is bowing to major multinational interest so that Fianna Fáil can further strengthen its financial contributors while at the same time putting the health of Irish people at significant risk from the dioxin emissions from such dirty installations. It is clear Minister Cullen is determined to impose incinerators against the wishes of local communities throughout the State." ENDS

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