[Sinn Fein]

11 June 2002

Sinn Fein TD slams South East incinerator proposals

Sinn Fein TD Arthur Morgan has slammed the decision of Waterford, Carlow and Kilkenny County Councils to back the building of an incinerator in the South East. He described those who voted for the proposal of "lacking vision and taking the easy option in relation to waste management."

Deputy Morgan was commenting after Councils in Waterford, Carlow and Kilkenny voted in favour of building an incinerator in the region within six years.

The Louth based deputy said: "This is a cop out. It is the easy way out in relation to waste management. Our primary problem is the amount of waste we produce. Reducing that is what our primary objective should be. Not supporting a new incinerator industry that will depend on the production of waste for its survival. We all have a responsibility in this and local authorities must provide the lead in implementing a strategy of reduction and recycling of waste. The decision by Waterford, Carlow and Kilkenny county councils lacks vision and will do nothing to but add to population problems by sending more dioxins into the atmosphere."

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