Indaver Ireland has been granted planning permission to increase tonnage at its Carranstown incinerator outside Duleek by 10 per cent and to burn hazardous waste at the plant.
An Bord Pleanala's decision, which was announced last week, was met with anger from the Louth-Meath Health Protection Group, which said it was considering its next step and would be opposing the company's application for a licence to increase activity at the facility.
The additional capacity granted last week, brings to 220,000 tonnes the amount of waste that will be burned at the site and will allow the incineration of additional 'light hazardous waste', which includes old paint tins, household detergents, make-up products like lipstick or mascara, face wipes, dishwasher tablets and unfilled tablet capsules.
The company has said the amendments to the facility will not require any further construction or visible change. "Indaver expects the 10 per cent capacity increase will result in a minimal increase in traffic, with only five additional trucks anticipated," according to a spokesperson.
Pat O'Brien of the Louth-Meath Health Protection Group said An Bord Pleanala had yet again overturned their own inspector's report to grant planning permission for the burning of hazardous waste.