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McLaughlin welcomes Rose Energy Incinerator decision

21 December, 2012

Sinn Féin MLA for South Antrim Mitchel McLaughlin has welcomed the decision by the Environment Minister to refuse permission to build an incinerator by Rose Energy outside of Glenavy.

Speaking today Mr McLaughlin said:

“The decision to refuse permission to build a chicken waste incinerator on the shores of Lough Neagh is the right one and is to be welcomed.

“This is an area of outstanding natural beauty and there are also serious concerns regarding the environmental impact that this plant would have had on the lough basin.

“The lough is not a suitable site for an incineration plant and the proposal to abstract water would have damaged the world renowned wetland ecosystem and wildlife on the Lough. Much of the ecosystem depends primarily on the water from the Lough which in turn affects the eel fisheries on Lough Neagh.

“There was also the threat of hi-tec factories in the vicinity relocating if this plant went ahead due to the possibility of air pollution from the plant which would have led to subsequent job losses in the area.

“I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the CALNI group who worked tirelessly to oppose these plans and raise awareness of the issue.”

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