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Dublin incinerator construction to go ahead despite opposition

Construction of a major waste-incineration plant in Dublin is to start in two weeks despite opposition from Ireland’s environment minister John Gormley.

Dublin City Council said that work on the Covanta Europe Engineering facility at Poolbeg can begin in two weeks.The facilitiy will have the capacity to handle 600,000t of waste a year.

But Gormley has said the scheme is too big, and that its capacity should be halved because it is too large for the amount of waste it needs to handle.

He said: “I suspect that at some stage this will end up in the courts because it is foolhardy to proceed in this way.”

Political opponents claim that Gormley has failed to act in time to affect the future of the plant.

The Poolbeg incinerator was granted planning permission in 2007.

It is understood that Dublin City Council has threatened legal action against the Government if incineration levies and caps on incineration levels are implemented.

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