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Hightown decision ‘wrong and unjustifiable’ - Kearney

14 September, 2017 - by Declan Kearney

Sinn Féin South Antrim MLA Declan Kearney has slammed the decision by the Department for Infrastructure to approve the proposed waste incinerator at Hightown.

Speaking following the announcement, Mr Kearney commented:

“The Department for Infrastructure decision on the Hightown waste incinerator is wrong and unjustified. It flies in the face of widespread community and political opposition.

“This incinerator poses serious risks to local community health and safety and will have serious repercussions for the environment and surrounding habitat. Years of evidence gathering, along with extensive scientific research, shows that the risk to public health and well-being far outweighs any possible economic benefit.

“The resultant daily transportation by large lorries of thousands of tonnes of waste to the site, and the same in reverse to remove the toxic fly ash produced, presents an obvious high risk to the greater Hightown community.

“In addition, the plant’s high level of dependency on municipal waste is such that all the waste currently available to it would not be sufficient, and therefore even more material would have to be sourced and transported to the site to make it financially viable.

“Sinn Féin remains resolute in our opposition to the waste incinerator at Hightown. I have already requested an urgent meeting with the Department for Infrastructure Permanent Secretary to discuss this situation.

“I have also spoken with the local campaign group NoArc 21 to repeat our Party's support for their campaign and I will be meeting again with their representatives in the coming days. Local Sinn Féin Councillors Michael Goodman and Annemarie Logue and myself will continue to lobby to have this scandalous decision overturned.”

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