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Gormley must halt incineration of deadly hydrogen cyanide - Sinn Féin

19 June, 2008

Wicklow Sinn Féin Councillor John Brady has called on the Minister for the Environment John Gormley to intervene and halt a plan to dispose highly toxic chemicals in the Wicklow Mountains.

Councillor Brady said there is huge concern in Wicklow and West Dublin at plans to transport the deadly Hydrogen Cyanide from the rent-a-kill premises in Tallaght to Kilbride in the Wicklow Mountains were it is to be incinerated.

Speaking from a protest at the rent-a-kill premises in Tallaght today Councillor Brady said, "The plan to transport and dispose of seven cylinders of this deadly chemical was kept secret from all elected representatives from Wicklow and South Dublin County Councils.

"Environment Minister John Gormley has been aware of this plan for some time as it was his department which sought the use of the land in the Wicklow Mountains from the Department of Defence.

"There is huge concern in Wicklow and West Dublin about the threat to local areas posed by these chemicals and the emissions from the incineration. A procedure like this has never been attempted before in Ireland.

"The area where it is planned to incinerate the chemicals is close to the Shankill River which flows into Blessington lakes which in turn provides Dublin City with its drinking water.

"There is a mixture of messages coming from different groups about the dangers of this project. People have been told that they will have to leave their homes at the time while other groups say that this is not necessary. There is an onus on the Department of Environment to clear up the confusion around this issue.

"At a highly attended public meeting on Monday evening a plan of action was drawn up to oppose the plan to incinerate this gas. Members of the communities affected are quite determined to do all in their power to halt this plan including direct action where necessary.

"Minister Gormley was to the fore in the fight against incineration in his own constituency yet he is extremely quiet on this issue. I am calling on him to intervene in this issue and have the plan halted immediately." ENDS

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