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Anti-incinerator campaigners claim Govt is split
19/09/2006 - 15:15:04

Campaigners opposed to a controversial incinerator on the south shore of
Dublin bay today claimed the coalition Government was split on the issue.

John Gormley, Green Party chairman, claimed Fianna Fáil and the Progressive
Democrats were at odds over whether to support the proposed Poolbeg plant.

He accused Tánaiste Michael McDowell and Environment Minister Dick Roche of
sending out mixed messages.

?In Dublin south east, Minister Michael McDowell is still trying to tell us
that the proposed incinerator at Poolbeg is not part of Government policy.
Minister Roche?s speech today once again demonstrates the opposite,? Mr
Gormley said.

The Dublin south east TD went on: ?The incineration sector know that they
can rely on ever-increasing volumes of waste for as long as this government
is in power and refuses to seriously address waste prevention and

?They also have a ?reliable resource? in the minister [Mr Roche], who can be
called upon to energetically support their cause at every opportunity.?

Mr Roche today addressed a major conference in Dublin on energy issues. He
said while recycling levels were increasing each year other options had to
be used to deal with the high levels of waste in Ireland.

?Incineration with energy recovery is internationally accepted as preferable
to even the best engineered landfill and the Government fully accepts the
important role it will play in the future management of our waste,? the
minister said.

?The countries in the continental EU that extensively use incineration are
also the very best performers when it comes to recycling. This is not an
accident but a reflection of how an integrated approach to waste management
should work.?

But concerned protesters opposed to the Poolbeg incinerator picketed the
meeting claiming burning tonnes of rubbish each week would pose untold
health risks.

The Combined Residents Against Incineration (CRAI) claimed no-one in Dublin
would escape the side-effects of the planned massive incinerator and accused
the Government of sacrificing people?s welfare to save money.

The planned municipal waste incinerator at Poolbeg is designed to burn
600,000 tonnes of rubbish a year, the equivalent to 25% of Dublin?s waste,
at the 5.5-hectare site.

It is a key part of the Government?s energy policy.

Dáithi Doolan, Sinn Féin councillor for the area, said rather than promoting
incineration a zero waste strategy based on reducing, reusing and recycling
should be adopted.

?No-one doubts that Ireland faces a massive waste crisis, but simply
promoting and then imposing an incinerator on people will not solve the
problem,? Mr Doolan said.

?If incineration becomes central to our waste strategy as Minister Roche
hopes it does, then it will get locked into the waste management cycle and
becomes impossible to remove. We must not allow this to happen.?

The deadline for public submissions to An Bord Pleanala on the proposed
incinerator at Poolbeg is October 2, 2006. The Green Party will hold a
public meeting on the issue on September 21, 2006

Eric Lombardi

Executive Director/CEO

Eco-Cycle Inc

Boulder, CO. USA


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