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Anti-incineration campaign may be brought to Europe - Joe Reilly

7 March, 2005

Sinn Féin candidate for the Meath by-election, Councillor Joe Reilly has said that the anti-incineration campaign may be brought to Europe if the decision of the EPA to provide Indaver Ireland with a license to run an incinerator in Carronstown is upheld. Councillor Reilly was speaking as an oral hearing into the granting of the license to Indaver Ireland got under way today. The hearing will last 2 weeks and Councillor Reilly will address the hearing during that time.

Councillor Reilly said, "Sinn Féin lodged a formal appeal with the Environmental Protection Agency against the granting of a Waste Licence to Indaver Ireland to operate an incinerator at Carronstown, Duleek, Co Meath. This morning the oral hearing got under way.

"We are going to challenge the decision of the Environmental Protection Agency to grant the license on the grounds that it is contrary to a number of EU directives. If the decision of the EPA is upheld then we may need to take this campaign to Europe through our 2 MEP's, Mary Lou McDonald and Bairbre de Brún.

"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." ENDS

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