Councillors slam incinerator plan

A waste burning plant proposed for the Rothcoole area of Co Dublin has attracted criticism from the local authority.

Energy Answers International, a US firm, has made a fast track application to build the incinerator facility near the N7 motorway.

The firm has applied under rules established by the Strategic Infrastructure Bill 2006, which allows for projects of infrastructural importance to bypass local council planning procedure.

South Dublin County Council has expressed its strong opposition to the construction based on its own strategic plans and perceived consequences of building the facility.

Cllr John Hannon told the Irish Times: “The council has submitted objections to the planning application on the basis that the proposal does not comply with the Dublin Regional Waste Management Plan, and also because of concerns over the expected traffic problems which will be generated by the facility.”

According to Energy Answers, the plant will process 365,000 tonnes of waste per year while producing enough electricity to power over 43,000 homes.

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