River Faughan

Drinking water fears a reminder that Mobuoy dangers remain

Wednesday 30 September 2017

The Green Party has said the recent flooding in the North West provides a startling reminder that one of Europe’s largest illegal landfill sites languishes just outside the second city.

Leader Steven Agnew MLA said: “There are fears that drinking water could be contaminated and a nature conservation site of international importance threated by the Mobuoy illegal landfill site following the floods last week.

“The River Faughan now flows through the illegal landfill site which is a dangerous development.

“The drinking water fears highlight the fact that we are still to deal with an illegal landfill site the size of 66 football pitches.

“The Mobuoy site needs to be remediated and a public enquiry held into the full of extent of waste crime across Northern Ireland.

“Environment Ministers from both the DUP and Sinn Fein have prevented this public enquiry since it was first unanimously voted for by the Assembly in March 2014. This represents a serious failure to get to grips with waste crime and environmental protection.”

The Green Party leader concluded:

“The flooding has exposed the continuing public health dangers and environmental dangers that the Mobuoy landfill site poses.”

ENDS

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