Morrow challenges Minister on cross-border dumping
THE DUP peer, Lord Maurice Morrow, has welcomed the news of two waste repatriation schemes in Clogher, but expressed disappointment that the Minister for Environment was unable to provide relevant additional information when challenged in the Assembly.
The Fermanagh-South Tyrone MLA said: “In response to a question asked on the floor of the Assembly I was pleased to hear two sites in Clogher have been agreed for the 2012-13 waste repatriation schemes. “Work has been completed at the Seskinore site and preliminary work has commenced at Eskra on 25 October which will be completed by Christmas.
“However I was disappointed the Minister was unable to answer my question on what liaison has been held with the local council in relation to this matter. He was unable to confirm if any discussions have taken place, are on-going or imminent.
“Likewise I asked the Minister if he could assure the House that the illegal dumping of waste across Northern Ireland has now ceased.
“He was unable to give that assurance.
“It is important that Minister Attwood and his department keep a watchful eye on the illegal dumping of waste from the Republic of Ireland which has been a blight in Northern Ireland for too long.
“I trust no effort will be spared to trace the origins of this waste and also have those brought before the courts who are engaged in these activities.
“As the Minister could not give an assurance in relation to the illegal dumping of waste, I am pursuing this with further written questions and hopefully this illegal practice will not reoccur.”
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