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Doolan questions appointment of former Indaver projects manager as EPA director

16 July, 2004

Sinn Féin Dublin City Councillor, Daithi Doolan, has questioned the appointment of a former project manager with Indaver Ireland as a director with the Environmental Protection Agency. Cllr. Doolan said that it would seem incompatible that somebody with a professional background in promoting and developing incineration should now have pivotal role in the Agency mandated with protecting our environment.

Cllr. Doolan said, "While I don't know Ms Burke and while I don't doubt her capabilities as an individual, the appointment of such a strong advocate for the incineration industry to the agency tasked with enforcing pollution controls and protecting the environment would seem incompatible and highly questionable.

"This appointment raises serious questions in relation to the impartiality and balance of the agency when dealing with issues of incineration around the country that are a cause of serious concern for a great many people.

"How does this appointment fit in with the Agency's code of conduct that states under the title of Integrity, Independence and Professionalism, "we make decisions based on objective and independent evaluations?

"Furthermore, the Department has instructed local councils to review and update their waste management legislation. This will be conducted with the participation of the public, which, on the whole, opposes incineration. However the public won't have much confidence in their views being listened to, while the state continues to make appointments that seem to favour people from the pro-incineration lobby." ENDS

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