Ireland funds hazardous waste projects

NGOs criticise ministry's decision to proceed ahead of hazardous waste strategy

Ireland's environment ministry today approved grants of over I£2.1m (Ecu2.7m) for eight private sector hazardous waste disposal projects. The grants are to support capital investment in the provision of facilities for the recovery and disposal of hazardous waste. According to a 1995 survey carried out by the Irish Environmental Protection Agency Ireland treats 90% of its hazardous waste at home, 78% in on-site facilities and 12% off-site. The EPA participated in assessing the project proposals for grant assistance. It is currently undertaking a review of national strategy for the management of hazardous waste, the findings of which will be published later this spring. Environmental groups have expressed anger that the grants were approved before the findings of the review are made public. A spokesperson from the pressure group Voice called the decision "premature" and stated that the money would be better spent on funding projects for reducing toxic waste reduction.

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Irish environment ministry, tel: +353 1 679 3377.

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