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Environmental Protection Agency and Health Safety Authority must investigate uncontrolled release at Poolbeg Incinerator - Stanley

8 June, 2017 - by Brian Stanley TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Climate Action and the Environment Brian Stanley TD has expressed concern after eleven workers were hospitalised due to exposure to a sudden uncontrolled release at Poolbeg incinerator earlier today.

Speaking today, Teachta Stanley said;

“People need to be reinsured that the Poolbeg plant is safe both in terms of operation for workers and of emissions into our environment. The highest safety standards must be enforced.

“This current incident of an ‘uncontrolled release’ at the incinerator needs to be thoroughly investigated by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Health and Safety Authority and we hope that all workers fully recover. 

“A parent company of the operator of Poolbeg has already been fined in the United States for breaches of emissions regulations, including the release of carcinogenic toxins and dioxides. It has also been cited for many breaches of workplace safety by the US Department of Labor.  So a precedent has already been set.

“We have to consider the environmental implications of this type of plant. We must question the emissions from these plants and the disposal of toxic ash. 

“Poor air quality is the cause of many deaths every year and regulatory authorities need to be scrupulously monitoring the operation of this plant. 

“Instead of this manner of waste treatment government policy should be directing policy toward the reduction of waste in our environment.”

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