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Concern over toxic waste plant

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Concern over toxic waste plant thumbnailStorage of hazardous waste on the shores of Carlingford Lough from Warrenpoint Harbour

RESIDENTS who live along Carlingford Lough are urging people to sign a petition to try and stop a hazardous waste facility from being installed at Warrenpoint Port.

Newry-based Re-Gen Waste Ltd has applied for a Pollution Prevent Control (PPC) permit to operate an installation involving the treatment, transfer and temporary storage of hazardous waste on the shores of Carlingford Lough from Warrenpoint Harbour.

Residents argue the toxic waste plant is in a "highly unsuitable location due to its environmental status and dense population".

The Republic's TD Declan Breathnach has called upon the Minister for Environment together with his counterparts in Northern Ireland and the UK Department of Environment to decline granting a licence for the proposal.

Meanwhile, in a statement Re-Gen Waste Ltd describes itself as an "experienced company in the waste management sector" having undertaken the management and processing of waste since 2004.

It also underlined that "War renpoint Harbour Authority is in no way associated with this application".

"This facility would primarily serve as a transfer point for hazardous waste that is already transported through the port daily.

"The facility would be regulated by the NIEA to ensure that it is being operated in a manner to mitigate any impact on the environment and residents in the area," said a statement from Re-Gen Waste Ltd.

However, residents who have signed a petition of concern wish to see the application rejected and argue "the health, safety and well-being of local people will be at severe risk due to the toxic nature of the waste to be stored, treated and transferred at the site".

Warrenpoint Harbour Authority has moved to assure residents that the application will be subject to the normal procedures.

"In this instance, this will require the applicant to achieve the necessary permits and licenses from the NIEA, appropriate planning approval for the development and of course the approval of the Board of Warrenpoint Harbour Authority, if this project is to progress.

"At this stage the applicant is very much at the starting point of these processes and they do so entirely at their own risk. For our part we will continue to monitor closely how their plans prog ress."

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