A controversial chicken waste-burning power plant, planned on the shores of Lough Neagh, Northern Ireland has yet to secure approval a year after former environment minister Edwin Poots indicated that the go-ahead would be given, the Irish News reports.
Rose Energy, a joint venture between Brazilian-owned poultry processor Moy Park and livestock rendering company Glenfarm Holdings, plan to build the incinerator near Glenavy in Co Antrim.
Although there was widespread expectation that the plans would go to public inquiry, a statement issued by Poots’s department said it was the DUP minister’s intention to approve plans for the 30 megawatt waste-to-energy plant.
Rose Energy plans to burn waste – including excrement and bones – and create enough electricity to power 25,000 homes in the process have been met with fierce opposition from residents.
Last night Communities Against the Lough Neagh Incinerator (Calni) welcomed confirmation that the Rose Energy planning application had never been formally approved. Calni chairman Ray Clarke said it was a “significant milestone” in the group’s ongoing campaign of opposition and reiterated the call for a public inquiry.
“Calni remains steadfast in its belief that this application is one of the worst ever submitted in Northern Ireland and that it should be refused outright,” he said.
Source: Irish News