A proposed waste incinerator on Belfast Lough will be an expensive source of pollution and pose long-term health risks, environmental campaigners claimed yesterday.
Belfast City Council is considering making land at the North Foreshore, Co Antrim, available to produce energy from rubbish.
Burning waste emits pollutants but according to health experts has little effect on health.
However, Niall Bakewell, from Friends of the Earth, said: “Burning waste produces myriad toxins, including dioxins, heavy metals and furans.
“The various methods that the council proposes for mitigating the harmful effects of incineration are highly questionable.”