For immediate release: August 26, 2003
CHASE SUPPORT CALLS FOR RESIGNATION
OF EPA DIRECTOR GENERAL
Cork Harbour Alliance for a
Safe Environment (CHASE) supports calls made by The Green Party on Dr. Mary
Kelly, Director General of the Environmental Protection Agency, to consider her
resignation following her remarks that domestic incinerators would be built
These remarks by Dr Kelly are extremely damaging as
they undermine the independent status of the EPA and the role of EPA
supports these calls for Dr Kelly’s resignation, because in making such remarks
Dr Kelly gives formal EPA support to an industry that damages the environment,
and fails in her role as custodian of the peoples environment.
Dr Kelly’s remarks will also have a knock-on effect on
the confidence in the EPA process.
There will be a danger that the outcome of efforts undertaken by
community and environmental groups will be prejudiced when the judge and the
jury have made their opinion known in advance.
A spokesperson for CHASE said “We know that incineration is
a high risk and outmoded waste management option, and are shocked that the EPA
is formally endorsing it. Dr Kellys
comments directly contradict EPA policy on a number of grounds. We believe she is failing in her duties and
should resign or reconsider her remarks taking into account proper
- In promoting
incineration, Dr Kelly contradicts both Government and EPA policy on
the Kyoto Protocol as each Incinerator will add significantly to our
Greenhouse gas emissions, heavy metals and toxic landfill needs.
- She also contradicts
the EPA strategy of sustainable developments as incineration is an
Kelly is ignoring newer technology options, which are more beneficial for
the environment and employment.
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Linda FitzPatrick, CHASE PRO Mobile: 087 7410849
Mary O’Leary, Chairperson, CHASE
Tel: 021 4811952 Mobile: 086 8177737
Sean Cronin, Vice-Chairperson, CHASE
Mobile: 087 6777358