WMI has not gone away
Two years ago, a huge meeting of over 1,000 people gathered in Nenagh, Tipperary, voiced a community's opposition to a proposed `superdump' at Silvermines. The following year a protest march took place in the town, where thousands of people, and school children from local schools, voiced their opposition.
Waste Management Ireland (WMI), a subsidiary of one of the largest waste management companies in the world, wants to develop the superdump. This mega-company wanted to use the railheads at the mine from Foynes and Rosslare to bring waste to the huge underground area which the mining operation has left behind and to drain the enormous tailings pond for a super landfill site.
The company was turned down by the EPA last August, but objected to this refusal, and an oral hearing was scheduled for last Monday, 11 December. At the very last moment, WMI's Managing Director, Mark Gilligan, withdrew this objection and gave notice that WMI is to institute a further application addressing the issues raised by the EPA's decision to reject the superdump.
Gilligan claimed that the proposed superdump would present the state with ``an interim solution to their waste management crisis, pending the implementation of a national strategy for waste''.