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Call for Sammy Wilson to put Rose Energy planning application for incinerator to Public Inquiry

9 October, 2008

Sinn Fein MLA Paul Butler has said that Environment Minister Sammy Wilson should put Rose Energy's proposals to build an incinerator plant at Glenavy on the shores of Lough Neagh to a public Inquiry after a damming report by George Bain has come out against Rose Energy.

The report, which was drawn up by George Bain and other academics, was launched at Stormont on Wednesday. The report Protecting the Future is highly critical of Rose Energy's proposals and backed the calls for a Public Inquiry. The report also stated that Lough Neagh was not a suitable site for an incinerator plant and that the proposals were not value for money particularly given that Rose Energy are looking £20 million of public money to build their incinerator.

Paul Butler said

'This report clearly shows that Rose Energy's plans for an incinerator in the Glenavy area are fundamentally flawed and fail to make a convincing case for incineration. There is huge opposition from the local community in Glenavy to the building of this incinerator. The local community are determined to stop the building of this plant.' This incinerator will be blight on the landscape in an area which is regarded as one of Ireland's best locations of outstanding natural beauty and high scenic value.

Paul Butler continued

'There has been over 1,300 letters of objection submitted to the Planning Office in relation to this incinerator. This clearly shows the level of opposition against the building of this plant.'

'I will be asking for a meeting with Sammy Wilson as part of an all party delegation in the near future and I will urge him to grant the residents their request for a public inquiry.

I have already raised a number of concerns in relation to pollution incidents that have been reported over odour emanating from the existing plant at the Glenfarm Holdings site, which is part of the Rose Energy consortium. This incinerator plant presently burns offal and there have been numerous complaints about odour and pollution of local rivers over the years said Paul Butler.'

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