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Sinn Féin delegation view plans for biogas plant in Fermanagh

2 September, 2005

A Sinn Féin delegation led by Councillor Tom Reilly and Gerry McHugh viewed a proposed site and plans for a biogas recycling plant in Brookbourgh, County Fermanagh. Speaking after the presentation Cllr O'Reilly said:

"The plans for the proposed plant which were presented to us today are for a state of the art facility and certainly have merit particularly as it would go someway in helping local farmers meet EU Directives on the reduction of farm nitrates. The proposals include the storing of gas within sealed containers that should ensure there are no noxious odours omitted during the recycling process.

"EU regulations on slurry storage and next years impending ban on slurry spreading during the winter will further increase the financial burden on already hard pressed farmers. A biogas plant is designed to take slurry from farmers and process it, to produce high-grade dry fertiliser and biogas, which could be used on site to produce electricity. The plans for the Brookborough site will be submitted for consideration at the end of the month and will be subjected to a detailed environmental impact study which if favourable would mean Sinn Féin giving its qualified support for this facility. ENDS

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