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Minister for Environment accused of buckling to incinerator industry

14 February, 2006


Sinn Féin spokesperson on the Environment, Arthur Morgan TD today accused the Minister for the Environment of "buckling" to pressure from the incinerator industry. Speaking in the Dáil during Priority Questions the County Louth Deputy went on to call on the Minister to introduce a moratorium on the development of incinerators "pending a further investigation into the scientific environmental and health consequences of such a disastrous, poisonous process."

Deputy Morgan asked if the Minister accepted "that many scientists reject incineration as a flawed process which results in the emission of some of the most dangerous, toxic dioxins known to humankind?"

"The incineration industry has been given an easy ride here because the Minister crumbles to its every whim. I asked him a specific question about Indaver Ireland to which he has given permission to import waste to Carranstown from outside the region. This is an example of buckling to the industry."

He went on to say, "In light of the Minister's comments that he would not accept incineration in his own constituency, how does he expect other communities, for example, in Ringaskiddy, Ringsend and Carranstown, to accept the same proposition.

"Will the Minister at least accept a moratorium on the development of incinerators, pending a further investigation into the scientific, environmental and health consequences of such a disastrous, poisonous process?" ENDS

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