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Belgian waste plant explosion kills one, raise questions over new Irish plant

Staff Writer |
Belgian waster treatment company Indaver confirmed today that an accident occurred during the preparation of waste for treatment at its plant at Stabroek near Antwerp where liquid waste was being transferred from a tanker into a storage tank.

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The company said that one employee had been fatally injured and four others hospitalised with minor injuries after an explosion and fire at the site.

Indaver said it would undertake “a robust internal investigation” into the incident and co-operate fully with the regulatory authorities. There were 80 employees and a large number of contractors and drivers on site at the time of the explosion.

The company is building a waste treatment plant and incinerator on a 13.5 hectare site at the end of the Ringaskiddy Peninsula near Cork in Ireland in the face of opposition from environmental and residents’ groups. The Irish planning authority An Bord Pleanála granted planning permission last May despite the fact that its planning inspector had recommended refusal.

Opponents of the proposed €160 million Cork incinerator have questioned the safety record of Indaver in the light of the Antwerp plant explosion, the second such incident in recent years.

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