Dundalk as it Happens
Watters calls on details on proposed hazardous waste plant in Warrenpoint to be made available in Louth
County Councillor Antóin Watters has called for details on the proposed hazardous waste treatment plant planned for Warrenpoint to be made available in Co Louth.
While Re-Gen Waste Ltd’s application 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 is a matter for Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, fears over its possible impact have been expressed on both sides of Carlingford Lough.
Following a recent public outcry on the matter, Re-Gen made assurances that a comprehensive consultation process would take place to ensure full transparency.
However ahead of a the licence application going on display in Warrenpoint Town Hall this evening, Sinn Féin councillor Watters called for such an event to take place in Carlingford as well.
He said: “I have been approached by a number of constituents who have expressed concern that the plans for this facility were being advanced behind closed doors and away from public eyes.
“Following a meeting with our newly elected MP for the South Down area, Chris Hazzard, Re-Gen Waste assured him that there will be a comprehensive community consultation process taking place over the summer ‘to ensure full transparency around this project and to give stakeholders an opportunity to have any concerns around this proposal addressed.’ I welcome that confirmation.
“Chris Hazzard has called on the people in his area to scrutinize these plans and I am calling on people from North Louth to do the same. In order to help facilitate that scrutiny, I have today asked Re-Gen Waste to make a copy of the application available to Louth County Council so they can make it available for viewing in Dundalk.
“Given the delicate environmental setting of Warrenpoint Harbour on Carlingford Lough, we need to be very careful and wary of the development of anything that would be detrimental to that.”
Cllr Watters welcomed the fact that the licence application for this project has been made available to the public in Warrenpoint Town Hall from today.
However he reiterated his view that it should be made available on both sides of the border.
“I hope to update the public in Louth as to when it will be available in Dundalk. I would urge as many as possible from North Louth to study this application and I also call on Louth County Council to be very familiar with it as well.
“We expect that as time goes on this project will attract interest from environmental campaigners from further afield but it is of the utmost importance that local people on both sides of the Lough are familiar with the project and any concerns they have are addressed.”