Ireland's first waste incinerator approved

Ireland's planning appeals board today approved construction of the country's first municipal waste incinerator, sparking outrage from opponents of waste burning. One opposition MP called the project "this monster in our midst". Environment minister Martin Cullen stressed that the decision had been taken independently of government. He also underlined an "urgent need to see major and important infrastructure initiatives coming to fruition". Most experts believe that Ireland will not meet EU targets for cutting landfilling of biodegradable waste without developing some incineration capacity. See Irish planning appeals board, and the order.

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