Calls for thorough investigation into recycling plant fire

by Sylvia Pownall

Sinn Fein Councillors have called for a thorough investigation into the fire at the Thornton recycling plant in Kylemore at the weekend.

Eight units of Dublin Fire Brigade were called out to tackle the huge blaze which broke out on Saturday evening.

On its Twitter page DFB advised neighbouring residents to keep windows and doors closed as there was a sizable “smoke plume”. It added: “Our firefighters are working hard to bring the fire under control but this will be a protracted incident. We expect to be on scene for the foreseeable.”

The fire service was still on site two days later working with the company’s staff “to move all the waste from the buildings and to extinguish hot spots. Our advice is to continue to keep windows and doors closed in the area.”

The Environmental Protection Agency was notified and carried out a full inspection on Sunday morning. It too advised: “The smoke levels have reduced, but it is advisable to keep windows closed if you are downwind of the fire and if smoke is present.

“The EPA will ensure that the residual waste and firewater is managed in a safe manner to prevent any impact on the environment.”

Thirteen members of Dublin City Council tabled an emergency motion at Monday’s meeting which stated they were “deeply concerned” by the major fire and that “the consequences were felt for miles around”.

The motion states: “The public, including staff, need a guarantee that everything is being done to protect their health and safety.

“DCC calls on the DCC’s chief fire officer to carry out an immediate and thorough investigation into the causes and consequences of the fire and to make public the findings of this investigation.”

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