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Incinerator will damage Lough Neagh ecosystem

4 August, 2009

Sinn Féin MLA and Lisburn City Councillor Paul Butler has welcomed the vote by the Council to refer a planning application to build an incinerator close to Lough Neagh to public inquiry.

Speaking today Mr Butler said:

“The decision by Lisburn City council to refer the planning application for an incinerator at Glenavy is a the best move possible and to be welcomed.

“There has been a long campaign against such a proposals due to the damage to the local environment that could be inflicted by the opening of an incinerator on the shores of Lough Neagh.

“Local residents are anxious and apprehensive that the poultry industry will be allowed to build a huge incinerator on the shores of Lough Neagh without proper consultation or due regards to existing odour complaints and fears over emissions and health related matters.

“The Lough is not a suitable site for an incinerator plant and the proposal to abstract water will damage the world renowned wetland ecosystem and wildlife on the Lough which depends so much on water alongside affecting the eel fisheries on the Lough and a major source of drinking water."

“The cross party support for a public enquiry highlights the depth of feeling on this issue and Sinn Féin maintain that there should be no incinerator sited here.”

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