NI poultry industry 'uncertain' due to rejected incinerator

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A DUP MLA said the future of Northern Ireland's poultry industry was looking uncertain due to the Environment Minister's decision to turn down plans for an incinerator, on 29 January 2013.

Trevor Clarke was proposing his party's motion which "noted with regret" minister Alex Attwood's decision to turn down plans for an incinerator at Glenavy, County Antrim, on the shores of Lough Neagh.

Rose Energy wanted to build a £100m biomass burner, which would have used poultry litter and meat and bone meal as fuel.

The poultry industry lobbied strongly in favour of the project but locals fought a long campaign against it.

Mr Clarke said Northern Ireland had turned its back on jobs and growth.

"Yes if it was built beside me, I probably wouldn't be particularly happy either, but what we have to look at is the greater good for Northern Ireland, what we have to look at is in terms of the investment." he said.

He said fears over pollution were not justified as no sediments would have made their way into the water.

"Some say they were fearful of what it was going to do in terms of the pollution to Lough Neagh.

"What about the pollution that is continuing day and daily because of the land spread that's making its way into the water as it stands today."

Mr Clarke also question why Sinn Fein had tabled an amendment that sought to remove the word "regret" from the motion.

The second part of the debate can be viewed here.

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