Following a motion from Sinn Féin Councillor Kenneth Flood, Irish Cement officials are to attend a special meeting of LCC on 21st December to take questions from Louth’s Councillors on the planned extension of their plant and the increased use of “alternative fuels”, what-ever they may be, in their incinerators.
Commenting, Cllr Flood said,
“The Sinn Féin Team in Drogheda have listened to members of the public and environmental groups in South Louth who have expressed concerns over the extension to this plant. Some have expressed concerns over what they see as the lack of clear and verifiable information regarding this development and what will potentially be used as fuel in Irish Cements Incinerators. Others have expressed their concerns over how the emissions from the incinerators may impact on the air quality in the region.
We ourselves have concerns over the increased industrial traffic volume in the region as this extension would mean a fourfold increase in what is burned to 600,000 tons.
“I am still hopeful that the EPA will confirm their attendance at this meeting to answer queries on air and water quality monitoring in the region. However, I will be following up with them either way.”
If any members of the public would like to see their queries raised you can contact the SF Office on Narrow West Street, 9.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday
Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has revealed that a letter from Uisce Éireann has confirmed that “daily testing has not identified any risk to the public water supplies to Dundalk.”
Teachta Adams said:
“A recent Sunday Independent story sparked unfounded fears in the south Armagh and north Louth areas of serious pollution from a fuel laundering plant.
Residents of the Dundalk area will be reassured by the confirmation from Uisce Éireann that there is no risk to their drinking water.
The behaviour of some politicians, who deliberately heightened fears and ran scare stories of water having been poisoned, and who for purely electoral purposes sought to blame republicans and Sinn Féin, now stands exposed as irresponsible.
Of course, none of this takes away from the fact that there are criminal elements who are exploiting the differential between agricultural and non-agricultural diesel to make money and are prepared to recklessly pollute our environment through the dumping of diesel sludge.
Every effort must be made to ensure that they are arrested and are brought before the courts.
I have submitted a detailed range of questions to the Minister for the Environment on this issue and have specifically asked if the government is planning to introduce legislation to end the differential in diesel thus removing the ability of the criminal gangs to make money.”
The Louth TD added:
“I welcome Uisce Éireann’s diligence in deciding to carry out additional tests and to introduce other measures to protect our water system.
However none of this can detract from the fact that baseless claims were made in the media about the water system being poisoned and the genuine fears of citizens were cynically exploited by some politicians whose only interest was in attacking Sinn Féin.”
Letter From Irish Water