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Morgan furious at decision by EPA to give go-ahead for Carranstown & Ringaskiddy incinerators

27 October, 2004

Sinn Féin spokesperson on the Environment, Heritage and Local Government Arthur Morgan T.D., has reacted angrily to the news that the Environmental Protection Agency has given the go-ahead for the proposed incinerators at Carranstown, near Duleek, County Meath and Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork. He said that the process by which An Board Pleanala had been prevented from considering the health and environmental impacts of the incinerator was fundamentally flawed.

Deputy Morgan said, "The decision of the EPA to grant permission for the poisonous incinerator at Carranstown County Meath will come as no surprise for observers of decisions by government agencies over many years now. Previously we had an Board Pleanala taking the unusual step of overturning the recommendation of their planning inspector that the development should be rejected. We also have the bizarre regulations from the Department of the Environment Heritage and Local Government which actually prohibits planners from considering health and environmental issues associated with these carcinogenic incinerators when making decisions regarding the granting of planning permission for such facilities.

"I am calling on the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government Dick Roche to reject the pro-incinerator ethos of former Minister Martin Cullen and intervene to prevent the construction of any incinerators until a full review of the health effects of incineration on communities has been carried out.

"There is no justification for incineration. It produces toxins which are detrimental to the health of communities in which the incinerators are situated. Incineration flies in the face of any real environmental waste management strategy and has the effect of locking us into disposal as the prime approach to waste management. Incineration creates a major disincentive for the reduction and recycling of waste as incinerators need to be fed large volumes of waste to remain viable. We need proper commitment and investment from the Department of Environment Heritage and Local Government to a waste management policy based on reduction, reuse and recycle guided by the ultimate goal of zero waste."

Later in the Dáil the County Louth TD said the decision on Carranstown and Ringaskiddy should also be set aside "given the fact a member of the board of the EPA has a serious conflict of interest given that she worked for the incineration industry immediately prior to her appointment to the board of the EPA." ENDS

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