Local TD Declan Breathnach has received assurances that no planning permission is yet in place for a proposed hazardous waste facility at Warrenpoint Docks on the northern shores of Carlingford Lough.
It was recently revealed that Re-Gen Waste Ltd had applied for a Pollution Prevention Control (PPC) permit to operate an installation involving the treatment, transfer and temporary storage of hazardous waste on the shores of Carlingford Lough.
When the plans were first brought to the public’s attention in the south last month, it was initially believed that the period by which people could make submissions on the matter had passed.
However, in a statement Deputy Breathnach has received confirmation from Michael Moody from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency that they are currently processing the application but as yet there is no planning permission in place.
The proposal has garnered particular interest of people living in and around Carlingford Lough, who have expressed fears over its possible impact on wildlife and the environment in the area.
In a statement on the matter, Fianna Fáil TD Breathnach said: “I have been told that the application was re-advertised in the Newry Reporter on the 28th June to allow additional time for the public consultation process.
“They are considering the points I raised in my correspondence with them. This is just the start of the process and Warrenpoint Harbour Authority have said that they will be monitoring closely how this process progresses.”