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Anger as Indaver applies to increase size of unwanted incinerator

4 January, 2006

Sinn Féin environment spokesperson and Louth T.D. Arthur Morgan, speaking following the application from Indaver to increase the size of their proposed incinerator at Carronstown, said that the people in Louth and Meath who are vehemently opposed to this noxious facility will oppose this application and continue to campaign against the proposed incinerator. He also claimed that these changes to the original proposals verified warnings which Sinn Féin had made during the original application process.

Deputy Morgan said, "The people of Louth and Meath have overwhelmingly opposed the proposed Carranstown incinerator since Indaver announced its proposals in 2000.

"I am not at all surprised by the announcement that Indaver is applying to increase the size of their proposed incinerator. During the initial application when myself and others predicted that Indaver would seek such an increase in the capacity of the facility, Indaver vehemently denied that they would be seeking to increase the incinerator's 150,000 tonne capacity in the future.

"At that time Indaver also claimed that waste would only be accepted from the North East Region. Sinn Fein warned that this would not be the case and it now emerges that Indaver are proposing to take waste from anywhere and everywhere. It is clear that these people cannot be trusted.

"Because they misled us from the outset when they were developing these plans, I believe they are also misleading us in terms of dioxin emission and I believe that the health risk to the population of the region is increased because of the cavalier attitude of this company.

"The health of the people of the area needs to be protected and the government should at a very minimum impose a moratorium on the development of incineration pending a full and proper assessment of the health and environmental impact of the process." ENDS

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