[Sinn Fein]

4th March 2003

Morgan shocked at Indaver decision

Sinn Fein TD for Louth, Arthur Morgan expressed his shock today at, ``the decision by An Bord Pleanala to grant planning permission to Indaver Ireland for a 170,000 tonne waste burning incinerator while amazingly rejecting a recycling facility on the same site, on the bizarre grounds of `unnecessary car borne traffic'.''

Deputy Morgan added, ``An Bord Pleanala are on the one hand concerned about car traffic but have ignored the deep concerns of residents in Louth, Meath and North Dublin. These communities all have legitimate health fears about the incinerator project, especially after it was revealed that an incinerator in Antwerp run by Indaver had been closed since August because it has failed consistently to show it could control dioxin emissions.

``The Board also ignored the recently published report on Health and Environmental Effects of Landfilling and Incineration of Waste, which acknowledged `associations between developing certain cancers and living close to incinerator sites'.

``An Bord Pleanala also failed to appreciate that this development is premature because it has not allowed a reasonable time for an effective recycling programme to be developed in the North East.

``We need to do everything we can to support the communities in around Carranstown in any further avenues or appeals that they take and I urgently call on the minister for Environment and Local Government to reconsider not just the Indaver project but the whole incinerator agenda. There is still time to put all our collective will into developing a real waste management strategy that is grounded in reuse, reduction and recycling''. ENDS

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