FIE is questioning the effect of EPA Waste Awareness campaigns after yesterday's release of the EPA's ‘Dioxin Levels in the Irish Environment - Fifth Assessment'.

‘In 2003 the EPA said that new studies showed that half of the dioxins were due to domestic burning of waste.

‘Did "Dump the dumpers" or the "See Something Say Something" campaigns actually have any effect? Did these costly campaigns achieve any clean up of dioxins in our environment?'

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EPA DIOXIN RESULTS QUESTION WASTE AWARENESS SPENDING

Friends of the Irish Environment have questioned the effect of EPA Waste Awareness campaigns after yesterday's release of the EPA's ‘Dioxin Levels in the Irish Environment - Fifth Assessment'.

‘These figures are broadly in line with previous years - but are still worse than 2004', a spokesman for the organisation said.

‘In 2003 the EPA said that new studies showed that half of the dioxins were due to domestic burning of waste.

‘The EPA gives no figures in its latest Waste Statistics about the quantities of domestic waste or estimates of the amount burned in domestic fires within the home since their 2003 Report.

‘This Report notes that Ireland has won awards for its campaigns on waste but by these figures dioxins generated by the burning of domestic waste continues to be a problem.

‘Did "Dump the dumpers" or the "See Something Say Something" campaigns actually have any effect? Did these costly campaigns achieve any clean up of dioxins in our environment?'

‘If the burning of domestic waste has decreased, there must be another source of the continuing levels of dioxins in our environment.'

Verification and further information:
Tony Lowes, FIE 027-73131 / 087 2176316

 

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