18 May 2000
Dioxon danger from incinerators TD launches radical waste management plan for North-East
All the Waste Management Plans for regions in the 26 Counties should now be withdrawn and redrafted to exclude the incineration option and to provide viable alternatives, Sinn Fein TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said today (Thursday). He was speaking after revelations from the United States about the increased danger of cancer from dioxin pollution produced by waste incinerators.
The Cavan/Monaghan TD today announced details of an alternative Waste Management Plan for the North East region drawn up by Sinn Fein. This plan includes an innovative method of managing agricultural waste. Deputy Ó Caoláin said:
``The news that dioxins are ten times more dangerous than believed up to now is a damning indictment of the Irish Government's waste management strategy. That strategy depends on the building of waste incinerators throughout the State. Government plans for elimination, reduction and recycling of waste are totally inadequate and do not go nearly far enough to tackle the growing waste crisis.
``Sinn Fein's alternative plan for the North East Region (Counties Cavan, Monaghan, Louth and Meath) offers a radical solution for dealing with agricultural waste. It would treat waste products from poultry and mushroom farming and, using an innovative method devised by a local environmental firm, Microclean Ltd, would produce a quality topsoil as an end product.
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