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McLaughlin – “Incinerator should not be sited at Glenavy”

31 August, 2010

Sinn Féin MLA for South Antrim, Mitchel McLaughlin has criticised the decision by Environment Minister Edwin Poots to approve plans which will allow the controversial chicken litter incinerator to be developed at Glenavy.

Speaking today Mr McLaughlin said:

“This is absolutely the wrong decision and will not go unchallenged. There has been a long campaign by many groups, including local residents, the business community and environmentalist organisations to oppose the sighting of any incinerator beside Lough Neagh.

“The Lough is not a suitable site for an incineration plant and the proposal to abstract water will damage the world renowned wetland ecosystem and wildlife on the Lough. Much of the ecosystem depends primarily on the water from the Lough which in turn affects the eel fisheries on Lough Neagh.

“We now have the very real danger of job losses in the area as a result of the Environment Ministers decision. The eel fisheries could be severely impacted upon and the world renowned Randox Laboratories have stated that any incinerator nearby could affect its decision to remain at its current location due to an increase in particulate pollutants.

All this to suit the poultry industry who have no real base of operations in the area.

I will be seeking a meeting with the Environment Minister, Edwin Poots at the earliest possible time and expressing my concerns directly to him.” CRÍOCH

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