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Environment Minister should respect the decision by Belfast City Council on Incinerator.

10 July, 2009

Sinn Féin MLA and Belfast City Councillor Paul Maskey has stated that the new Environment Minister Edwin Poots should be supporting the decision not to site an incinerator on the North Foreshore in Belfast instead of undermining the Belfast City Council.

Speaking today Mr Maskey said:

“The decision was taken by Belfast City Council on the proposed incinerator and it was one that was well made. The Councillors who voted in opposition thought long and hard about making the right decision for Belfast and arrived at this point.

“There will be a recycling plant on this site and so the capacity for Belfast and the greater ARC21 area to meet European targets for waste reduction and recycling will be enhanced significantly.

“We now have the new Minister for the Environment, Edwin Poots, who is only in this job a week, stating that he wants to revisit the decision that was taken by councillors who have all worked on the delivery of a waste plant for several years now, therefore undermining this work.

“He should clearly be talking with Belfast City Council on how best to support their decision and exploring options such as anaerobic digestion and in-vessel composting instead of incineration.”


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