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Sinn Féin highlights dangerous health impacts of incineration

10 March, 2005

Sinn Féin today presented their objection to the granting of an EPA license for Indaver to manage and operate an incinerator at Carronstown. The presentation was headed up by Mary Lou McDonald MEP and Sinn Féin Environment spokesperson Arthur Morgan TD and was attended by Meath by-election candidate, Joe Reilly. Their presentation highlighted the need for careful consideration of health and environment issues and the fact that this has clearly not been the case up to now.

Speaking after the presentation, Councillor Reilly said, "Sinn Féin is committed to standing by the community in Carronstown and Duleek. We went into the oral hearing to set out the grounds for our objection to the granting of the license to Indaver. The key elements of our objection were the environmental and health impacts of the proposed incinerator and the issue of non-compliance with a number of EU directives. A number of specific areas of neglect were also highlighted such as the lack of adequate monitoring equipment.

"The incinerator proposed for Carronstown has the potential to detrimentally affect the health and quality of life of residents in the vicinity of this proposed plant. The people of Carronstown and Duleek have the right to the highest standard of air quality and to an unpolluted environment. This right is not being upheld. Under the license, as issued, there is no requirement for the company to notify residents in the area in the event of a major disaster. There is no baseline information available in terms of health and environmental risks for people who live close to incinerators.

"The EU directive 96/61/EC transposed into Irish law in 2003 significantly strengthens the regulatory framework for environmental protection. It is our contention that the issuing of the license is in contravention of this directive. We put this to the EPA and it was not refuted nor was it challenged by indaver representatives present.

"The only safe solution is to postpone the introduction of incinerators in to Ireland." ENDS

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