Plans for a new hazardous waste treatment plant in Warrenpoint suffered a huge setback yesterday when the chief executive of Warrenpoint Harbour Authority called on those behind the proposal to withdraw its licence application.
It recently emerged 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 at a site at Warrenpoint Docks.
Concerns over such a facility have been expressed on both sides of the border due to its proximity to Carlingford Lough.
While the application is still at the decision process, its hopes of being granted suffered a blow yesterday when Peter Conway, Chief Executive of Warrenpoint Harbour Authority, issued a statement saying that a hazardous waste plant did not feature in the Warrenpoint Harbour Plan.
He said: “The Board of Warrenpoint Harbour Authority commissioned consultants in December 2016 to prepare a Master Plan for the Port to cover a 35 year planning cycle. The Master Plan includes strategic direction, business development and port layout.
“The Board of the Authority met with the consultants on 10th July to review the draft plan, and the draft has taken into account submissions from all stakeholder groups. It is expected that it will be available for public display and consultation within the next 2 months.
“The plan demonstrates the highly significant economic value the port is to the local community and evaluates the best possible cargo mix for the benefit of the port, the community, the environment and the regional economy. As part of this process, the proposed operation of a hazardous waste plant within the harbour estate does not feature in the Warrenpoint Harbour Plan.
“In these circumstances, and although at this stage no formal proposal for such a facility has been placed before it, the Board of Warrenpoint Harbour Authority respectfully requests that Regen withdraws its current licence application to the NIEA.”