Environment Minister rejects controversial

Press Release – Communities Against the Lough Neagh Incinerator (CALNI)

21/12/2013

The Communities Against the Lough Neagh Incinerator (CALNI) has today welcomed the decision by the Minister for the Environment to reject outright the hugely controversial planning application for the proposed £100million Rose Energy waste incinerator on the shores of Lough Neagh.

Speaking following the announcement, CALNI President Danny Moore said today:

“We’d like to commend the Minister for this brave decision and congratulate the people of Glenavy for their perseverance in the face of great odds and at times, overwhelming special and commercial interests. This is a decision that will not only impact the people of Glenavy today but the local community for generations to come. It’s a victory for the rights of the community and ordinary everyday people.

“Not only is it a brave decision from Minister Attwood but it is the correct one. This is on record as the most controversial planning application in Northern Ireland with almost 7,000 letters of objection against it – the highest number of objections ever submitted against a planning application in Northern Ireland. Objections have also been made by prominent local employers such as Randox Laboratories in Crumlin. In recent months, both the European Commission and officials from the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) have rejected the proposal as viable option with both bodies contending that a waste incinerator was no longer the best option to deal with poultry manure when better, scientifically-proven alternatives exist.

CALNI Chairman, Ray Clarke added:

“This is the end of a five-year battle and a very welcome Christmas present for the people of Glenavy. I would like to wholeheartedly thank those that worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make this day possible and those who have supported this campaign both here in Northern Ireland and further afield.”

“We firmly believe that the Minister has taken strong action to protect the South Antrim economy and the current and future jobs in the biotech sector, where Randox is headquartered employing close to a thousand people. We commend his decision on both economic and environmental grounds.”

“We also commend the new initiative to identify an optimal solution to the poultry litter issue recently launched by DARD Minister Michelle O’Neill, DETI Minister Arlene Foster and DoE Minister Attwood.”

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