In a statement this evening Cllr Melisa Halpin, People Before Profit, confirmed that Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Concil have called on the new Cheif Executive to pull out of the Poolbeg incinerator project.
A discussion at council meeting this evening on the future of the project resulted in a motion to this effect, proposed by Cllr Melisa Halpin, being passed.
The plan to put a 550,000 tonne per annum incinerator at Poolbeg was first conceived in 1996 and has been held up by EU court cases over the years. The whole project has been extremely controversial on scientific, health, environmental and cost grounds. To date the four Dublin local Authorities have spent €90million, all in pre construction costs.
Tonight and tomorrow, the four local authorities will be voting to give the chief executives the green light to proceed spending money on this ill conceived project.
If the project goes ahead all four authorities will be roped into developing the waste market in order to provide the 550,000 tonnes each year that the incinerator will need to remain profitable.
Cllr Melisa Halpin: “The plan to put an incinerator at Poolbeg was a disaster from the very start for so many reasons, not least of which is the very serious environmental problems with incineration. On top of this, the site is utterly inappropriate, to feed a machine this size will mean that hundreds and hundreds of trucks will be trundling through Ringsend on a daily basis. The adverse effects on the health and safety of the people of Ringsend and Sandymount cannot be overstated.
“Furthermore the economics of it are not only unsound they border on the completely insane. The councils have already spent €90 million between them on this project, if it goes ahead all councils will be tied into a plan to create waste to feed this Poolbeg Beast and will be effectively writing a blank cheque for the next 15 years. At a time when people in the country are clamouring to recycle and reuse we should be investing money in this area not in ensuring that more waste is created so that the incinerator can become viable.”
“This is an utterly unsustainable plan that is bad for the public purse, bad for the environment and bad for the health and safety of the people of Dublin. We need to call a halt now. The plan was a mistake in 1996 and there is no point in compounding it to save the conscience or the careers of the politicians and civil servants involved.”