Hazzard welcomes opportunity for public to scrutinise plans for Warrenpoint waste facility
Sinn Féin’s Chris Hazzard MP has welcomed confirmation from Re-Gen Waste that a comprehensive community consultation will take place this summer to examine the details of their proposals to establish a hazardous waste facility in Warrenpoint Harbour.
The South Down MP said:
“The local community has been increasingly concerned that plans to construct a hazardous waste facility in Warrenpoint were being advanced behind closed doors and hidden from public scrutiny.
"Given the delicate environmental setting of Warrenpoint harbour on Carlingford Lough there are understandable fears that a hazardous waste plant would be hugely detrimental to the ecological wellbeing of the local area.
“Having raised this issue with Re-Gen last week I welcome their confirmation that a comprehensive community consultation will take place this summer giving the local South Down and north Louth community the opportunity to scrutinise the proposal in full view of the facts.
“Sinn Féin have been clear from the outset that any plans to construct a hazardous waste facility on Carlingford Lough must be fully transparent and open to public scrutiny. We were disappointed that public fears were inadvertently allowed to grow in a vacuum of information around this application.
“From this point onwards the community must be afforded full transparency and openness to what is proposed.”