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McLaughlin supports community campaign against Glenavy incinerator proposals

25 June, 2008

Speaking following a meeting in Crumlin last night (Tuesday 24th June) organised by the Committee against the Rose Energy proposals for a chicken litter waste incinerator in Glenavy Sinn Féin Spokesperson, Mitchel McLaughlin MLA (South Antrim) has backed the community camaopign.

Mr McLaughlin said:

"I fully support the justifiable concerns of the community throughout the Lough Neagh area. I support the call by the residents of Glenavy and Lough Neagh area on the Minister for the Environment, Sammy Wilson, to initiate a public inquiry to consider the full environmental and health impact of the proposal for a chicken litter waste incinerator to be built in an area designated as being of high scenic value.

"The impression being drawn by those in favour of this incinerator is that there is no alternative. But the simple fact is that there is more than one solution to addressing the Nitrates Directive.

"I hope common sense will prevail and other procedures will be considered. Other alternatives must be found and not just because of the pollution threat from the incinerator itself but also from the mass transportation that would be required for the wholesale importation of chicken waste into the area to facilitate the incineration option. This would impose a further burden and dangers for the local population through the increased heavy vehicle traffic.

"Furthermore, the proposed development would be likely to cause serious water pollution in the Lough - a major source of drinking water and also to grazing areas for cattle and other livestock - thereby posing further risk to public health.

"I fail to understand the rationale for placing such a facility in South Antrim. This is not a case of - not in my back yard - but a legitimate question considering that there is no significant poultry production in the South Antrim constituency. What is the rationale for building such a facility where it would be necessary to ship the waste into a rural area with little poultry production?

"I call on the Minister to listen to the concerns of the local population and use his powers to reject this proposal." ENDS

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