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EPA credibility in question after recent revelations and decisions

11 November, 2004


Sinn Féin spokesperson on the Environment, Arthur Morgan TD, has said recent revelations about and decisions taken by the Environmental Protection Agency have thrown into serious doubt the credibility of the organisation. Deputy Morgan sited the recent appointment of a senior incinerator advocate to the board of the body and the rejection by the EPA of a number of its own inspector's reports as a cause for serious concern. He suggested that the EPA now was nothing more than a rubber-stamping mechanism for the Government to push through decisions that went against the interests of local communities.

Deputy Morgan said, "News that the Environmental Protection Agency rejected, indeed flatly contradicted, the report of one of its inspectors in relation to1m tonnes of waste dumped from the Aughinish Alumina plant in Limerick, coupled with another recent decision to go against a report from one of its inspectors in relation to incinerators at Carranstown and Ringaskiddy, raises serious questions over the quality and integrity of EPA decisions.

"When taken with the fact that the Government recently appointed a senior incinerator advocate to the board of the body it's hard not to believe that the EPA is now nothing more than a rubber-stamping mechanism for the Government to push through decisions that go against the interests of local communities. Rather than being an independent body entrusted with the protection of the environment its role is now that of a mudguard for the Government's increasingly reckless environmental policies.

"There is an urgent need for a full review of the workings of the EPA with the aim of insuring that it operates as a truly independent body with the protection of the environment at its core." ENDS

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