Concern expressed at plans for hazardous waste plant on shores of Carlingford Lough

Concern expressed at plans for hazardous waste plant on shores of Carlingford Lough

Concern has been expressed over plans to build a hazardous waste plant on the Northern Shores of Carlingford Lough.

Re-Gen Waste Ltd has applied for a Polution Prevention Control (PPC) permit to operate an installation involving the treatment, transfer and temporary storage of hazardous waste at a site at Warrenpoint Docks, on the shores of Carlingford Lough.

The application, which falls under the jurisdiction of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, was first published in the Crossmaglen-based The Examiner newspaer in March but only came to the attention of the Love Your Lough group last night.

The voluntary environmental group, whose aim is to “protect, preserve and promote Carlingford Lough” have requested further details on the application but it is unlikely they can lodge an objection at this stage given that the 42 day window which they had to do so following the publication of the public notice on March 21st has now passed.

Nevertheless the Love Your Lough group have expressed concerns at the possibility of hazardous waste being stored so close to the Lough.

They said: “Is this really an industrywe the Lough community want located in an area designated with ASSI, SPA, SPC, RAMSAR & MC environmental status’s?

“What potential risks would this type of industry have on the health and well being of our Lough community?”

The Love Your Lough group have said they are gathering more information on the application, which will determine their next steps.

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