First Irish toxic waste incinerator approved
Ireland's planning appeals board has marked a milestone in national waste management policy by approving plans for the country's first ever hazardous waste incinerator. The decision sparked widespread protest from opposition parties and environmental groups. The Green party said it intended to take up the matter with EU environment commissioner Margot Wallström. Irish exports of hazardous waste for treatment abroad have risen sharply in recent years (EED 06/07/01). The proposed incinerator should help to fulfil the government's objective of self-sufficiency in hazardous waste management capacity (EED 16/09/99). See planning appeals board decision.