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DAERA breaks silence on why Kilroot power station was allowed to exceed emissions limits

Civil servants at Poots’ department approved move to secure power supplies maintained

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Kilroot power station near Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland's last coal-fired power plant which is still key to keeping the lights on. Photo: Paul White - UK Industries/Alamy Stock Photo

Kilroot power station near Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland's last coal-fired power plant which is still key to keeping the lights on. Photo: Paul White - UK Industries/Alamy Stock Photo

Kilroot power station near Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland's last coal-fired power plant which is still key to keeping the lights on. Photo: Paul White - UK Industries/Alamy Stock Photo

Edwin Poots’ Stormont department has said the order allowing Kilroot power station to exceed its emissions limits was taken with the support of the DUP minister’s civil servants, rather than against their advice.

After a week of refusing to answer questions about the issue, the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) said the unpublicised decision in March was based on advice from the Department for the Economy that there was “a significant and imminent risk to the security of NI’s electricity supply”.


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