Mon 27th June
Mr Dallat asked Danny Kennedy to detail the number of complaints his department had received from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency and the public in relation to the spreading of material from Water Treatment Works and what plans there are to address the issue.
The SDLP environment spokesperson said: “Over the last two years there has been outrage about this practice and serious questions raised about compliance. I have witnessed convoys of large lorries delivering this material to farms and I have seen it stockpiled for days before being spread on the land. I have correspondence from NIEA admitting that there have been breaches of the regulations and yet the department responsible for NIEA don't appear to know what is happening on their doorstep.
“The current practice which is carried out by contractors brought in from Scotland is unacceptable and people are bracing themselves for another onslaught during the school holidays when children need to be out playing and enjoying fresh air. They certainly don't want a repeat of the past when their break from school was entirely ruined.
“There are serious issues about this practice which need addressed and not least the impact it could have on the food chain. Behaving like ostriches and pretending there have been no complaints is being disingenuous to the people who have to put up with this inconvenience.”
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