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McLaughlin welcomes cross-Departmental willingness to examine Glenavy Incinerator alternatives

16 June, 2011

Mitchel McLaughlin MLA (Sinn Féin, South Antrim) has welcomed commitments from the Environment and Agriculture Ministers to examine alternatives to the chicken waste incinerator proposed for Glenavy.

Mitchel McLaughlin said:

 “I asked the Minister for the Environment (DOE), Alex Attwood during Question Time in the Assembly on June 14th if he would ‘consider it helpful to commission an objective study of alternative means (to the incinerator) of treating poultry waste’? The Minister replied, that he would ‘ ask my officials to investigate that proposal to see whether it would enhance the information available to me as Minister in making an assessment of the matter’.

“I welcome the Minister’s willingness to consider alternatives and also the commitment from the Minister for Agriculture, Michelle O’Neill that she would cooperate with DOE in examining alternatives on a cross-Departmental basis if Mr. Attwood is agreeable.”  ENDS

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