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Granting of incinerator licences dangerous and unacceptable

25 November, 2005

Sinn Féin spokesperson on the Environment, Arthur Morgan TD has slammed the decision of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to grant a licence for the building of municipal incinerators in counties Meath and Cork. Deputy Morgan said the decision "represents a dangerous and unacceptable new departure in this country in terms of how we deal with waste."

Deputy Morgan said, "The decision of the EPA to grant licenses to Indavar Ireland to build the two incinerators, represents not only a kick in the teeth to the two communities concerned, it also represents a dangerous and unacceptable new departure in this country in terms of how we deal with waste.

"The EPA has been turned in to nothing more than a toothless tiger which is there to facilitate Government diktat rather than protect the environment. As the concerns about these hazardous municipal incinerators centre on the impact that they may have on the health of the communities next to them it is all the more reason why the granting of licences should be predicated on ensuring the safety of the community. In this instance the EPA did not give adequate consideration to health issues because their remit, which was set by the Government, prevented them from doing so. It is an absolute disgrace.

"Unimaginative and ill-informed Government policy on the issue of waste management has caused the current waste crisis that this country faces. Short-term fixes, in the form of incineration, will do nothing to actually cut down on the amount of waste produced and will only compound that environmental crisis by emitting potentially lethal dioxins over communities in counties Meath and Cork.

"This is a very bad decision which must be reversed. Sinn Féin will continue to support the people of Ringaskiddy and Carronstown in their fight to prevent this unacceptable and hazardous development." ENDS

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