Ireland's environmental protection agency on Wednesday sparked protests when it proposed licensing the country's first commercial hazardous waste incinerator and its first municipal waste incinerator. The agency stressed that tight environmental conditions were being imposed, including a requirement that a facility planned at Carranstown can burn municipal waste only after reusable and recyclable materials have been removed. A court challenge against the hazardous waste incinerator planned at Ringaskiddy remains outstanding. Both projects already have planning approval (see EED 04/03/03 and EED 19/01/04). See press release and briefing paper.
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