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Limerick to become dumping ground following "toxic decision" by Environmental Protection Agency – Maurice Quinlivan TD

19 September, 2019 - by Maurice Quinlivan TD

Sinn Féin TD for Limerick City Maurice Quinlivan today slammed the decision to award Irish Cement a licence to burn tyres and other waste at an incinerator in a residential suburb of Limerick City.

Speaking today, Deputy Quinlivan said;

“I am appalled that Irish Cement has been awarded a license by the EPA to burn tyres and other rubbish at their plant in Mungret in Limerick, an area surrounded by homes, sports fields and other community facilities.

“Local people don’t want this incinerator. Businesses don’t want it. Politicians don’t want it. I can’t understand how one company can run roughshod over all this legitimate opposition and proceed with a project that will have a devastating impact on our community.

“This is a toxic decision from the Environmental Protection Agency, who should be there to protect people and to protect our environment.

“There has been a massive campaign from people in Limerick and surrounding areas opposing this plan and I am calling on politicians from all parties to commit their efforts to stopping this project.

“This incinerator will be accompanied by buildings for storage of rubbish waiting to be burned. In addition to the emissions that will pollute our city and countryside, Mungret will become a dumping ground for waste from around the country and possibly from abroad.

“This decision is wrong and unjustified. It flies in the face of widespread community and political opposition and Sinn Féin are totally opposed to this and stand with the local community in their opposition to it.

“I will be raising this with the Minister for the Environment in the Dáil.”

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