Saturday 19 April 2014

Councillors pass motion calling for a review of waste facility licences following massive fire at Ballymount

Fire crews at the scene of a major fire at the Oxigen recycle plant in Ballymount.  Picture; GERRY MOONEY.  25/1/14
Fire crews at the scene of a major fire at the Oxigen recycle plant in Ballymount.

DUBLIN City Council has called on the Environment Minister to conduct a review of the waste management licences in the city following the fire at the Oxigen Recycling plant.

Councillors unanimously called for some waste management firms to lose their licenses for certain activities which may be vulnerable to fire or cause air pollution close to the city.

The council also voted unanimously to return decision-making authority over waste management to the locally elected councillors, which would require an amendment to the Waste Management Act

The motion was brought by People Before Profit Councillor Brid Smith following the four-day blaze in Ballymount which resulted in huge plumes of smoke visible across the area.

“The consequences of the recent first at the Oxigen recycling plant in Ballymount are extremely serious for residents in the surrounding areas,” Cllr Smith said.

Oxigen has been fined by the Environmental Protection Agency on a number of occasions in recent years for persistent breaches of environmental regulations totalling €810,000.

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