Representatives of the Communities Against the Lough Neagh Incinerator (CALNI) met with DARD Minister Michelle O’Neill MLA in Stormont yesterday to discuss various issues around the proposed £100million Rose Energy incinerator on the shores of Lough Neagh.
Speaking after the meeting CALNI Spokesperson, Sir George Bain, welcomed the Minister’s statement during the discussion that she has instructed her officials to revisit the issue and provide new advice on potential alternative solutions to dealing with the disposal of poultry litter.
Sir George added,
“The Minister made it clear that her Party opposes the incineration of waste.
“We discussed some very serious issues around the project – some of which will remain private for now.
“We specifically raised our concern as to why Northern Ireland poultry farmers are apparently under threat of infraction proceedings, given the seemingly chaotic approach to compliance with the Nitrates Directive across the EU by other Members States. We presented the Minister with research provided by the European Parliament which illustrates that of the 27 EU Member States only 12 are actually doing anything in terms of attempting to comply with the Nitrates Directive. Indeed, only 4 of the 12 Members States use incineration.
“We asked the Minister and DARD to encourage Rose Energy to present its own alternatives to disposing of poultry litter, as its current strategy is clearly not working.”
“We reiterated that CALNI fully supports the poultry and wider agriculture industry – indeed many of our members are farmers themselves – but this is a deeply flawed proposal on a totally inappropriate site,” he concluded.
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