Nash slams ash at Whiteriver

LABOUR deputy Ged Nash has called on the Minister for the Environment to meet the residents of Phillipstown to discusss the White River landfill situation.

LABOUR deputy Ged Nash has called on the Minister for the Environment to meet the residents of Phillipstown to discusss the White River landfill situation.

During a Dail debate on the controversial decision to dump bottom ash at the site deputy Nash called on the minister to meet with the people Phillipstown who strongly oppose the plan.

THE ash that will be transported to the Whiteriver landfill in mid-Louth from the Indaver waste-to energy plant at Carranstown county Meath.

The ash is the residue from burned waste and only non-hazardous bottom ash will be accepted at Whiteriver.

The Environmental Protection Association (EPA) has begun rigorous testing to ensure that the ash is non-hazardous.

During the Dail debate deputy Nash said the North East Waste Management Strategy, with incineration as its focus, was rejected at local authority level in Louth and imposed by then minister Noel Dempsey.

“From start to finish, the process was an anti-democratic stitch-up, with a pre-determined outcome which in my opinion had something of a pre-determined outcome and which flew in the face of any semblance of local community and democratic input.

“Again, the anti-democratic decision-making processes are beginning to rear their head again on the question of what is to be done with the bottom-ash left over from the burning of municipal waste at the Indaver facility at Carranstown.

“Only a matter of weeks ago, Louth County Council decided unilaterally to sign a contract with Indaver to accept bottom ash at the council landfill at White River, Philipstown,” deputy Nash said.

Meanwhile, mid-Louth Sinn Fein councillor Pearse McGeough had a mtion carried by Louth County Council which says the council supports the Philipstown residents in their concerns over the ash waste being dumped at Whiteriver.

Cllr McGeough said the deal, along with the relocation of waste from an illegal dump in the North has led to the situation where Whiteriver is no longer assessible to the business people and domestic users of county Louth and will have a detrimental effect on the local economy.