First Irish waste incinerators win permit

Protests and praise as environmental protection agency opens new chapter in Irish waste management

Ireland took a key step towards constructing its first commercial waste incineration facilities on Friday, when the environmental protection agency issued operating licences for two plants. Local residents and environmental groups condemned the decision alleging it would take Ireland down a "historical cul-de-sac". Irish business welcomed the move, complaining that delays in putting infrastructure in place meant that "Ireland's waste management crisis continues". The two plants will have the capacity to burn about 8% of Irish municipal waste output. See statements by Irish EPA, business, environmentalists, and project details

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