As the enormous fire at the Oxigen recycling plant continues to billow smoke across south Dublin questions are left unanswered.
People need to know how dangerous the smoke is, and whether parents should move young children or elderly family members away from the area’ – former Green Party TD Ciarán Cuffe
‘Like many Dubliners I woke up on Saturday to the acrid smell of smoke. At first we thought there was a fire in the house, but as dawn broke we could see a large dark plume of smoke in West Dublin coming from the Oxigen plant in Ballymount. It soon became clear that one of Ireland’s largest buildings had gone up in smoke. The Recycling facility accepts waste from all over Dublin and beyond. Most of the contents of the city’s green bins ends up being processed there. Thankfully, no-one appears to have been injured in the immediate blaze, but as the fire smolders on 48 hours after the blaze there are many questions for the Environmental Protection Agency and Oxigen to answer.’
Almost no information has been released to the general public despite demands as the smell of burning plastic has enveloped most of the southern city, miles from Ballymount, all weekend. The Environmental Protection Agency seems to be asleep – these tweets almost their only response to 3,000 tons of burning plastics and other recyclables in Ireland’s capital:
Meanwhile at least four units of the Dublin Fire Brigade are still battling the fire (time of writing Monday morning).
More from Cuffe here.