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SF minister under fire for ‘neutral’ stance on incinerator plan

A former Sinn Fein infrastructure minister has been slammed after it emerged he took a “neutral” stance over plans to build a highly contentious waste incinerator.

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An impression of what the proposed waste incinerator at Mallusk would look like when completed

Incinerator approval sparks condemnation

Planning approval for a multi-million waste incinerator on the outskirts of Belfast has sparked outrage from across the political divide.

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Members of the No-ARC21 campaign group.

Group assessing legal options

Community group NoArc21, established to oppose arc21’s waste incinerator at Mallusk, have outlined their disappointment at the decision by the Department for Infrastructure to grant planning permission for the proposal.

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A computer-generated image of the proposed energy from waste plant development at Hightown Quarry.

Planning permission granted for Arc21 waste treatment facility

Full planning permission has been granted for a Residual Waste Treatment Facility at Hightown Quarry in Newtownabbey.

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Watch: NI Water staff tackle one of the biggest blockages they have ever faced

Staff from NI Water were in Newtownabbey recently to clear one of the biggest blockages they have ever faced.

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File photo dated 02/10/2007 of Tesco carrier bags in a shopping trolley. Photo credit: Ali Waggie/PA Wire

Tesco to scrap 5p plastic bags in favour of 10p bags for life

From the end of August single use plastic bags will no longer be available in Tesco stores in Northern Ireland.

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Ulster Unionist MLA John Stewart.

Welcome for ‘greenway’ grant aid

East Antrim Ulster Unionist MLA John Stewart has welcomed the award of a £25,000 grant for Mid and East Antrim Borough Council to draw up detailed design plans to establish a dedicated cycle route between Monkstown and Greenisland on the former Black Line railway route.

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Greenway route takes step forward

Greenway route takes step forward

Funding of £25,000 has been approved by the Department of Infrastructure to develop a “Greenway” project in Greenisland.

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AES UK and Ireland has been awarded Platinum Level in the Business and Biodiversity Charter by Business in the Community, in partnership with Ulster Wildlife. Pictured receiving the Charter (from left) is: Ian Nuttall, Business in the Community with Ian Luney, President of AES UK and Ireland and Monika Wojcieszek, Ulster Wildlife.

Power provider praised for ‘exemplary approach’ to biodiversity at sites

AES UK & Ireland, operators, of Ballylumford and Kilroot Power Stations, has been awarded Platinum Level in the Business & Biodiversity Charter by Business in the Community, in partnership with Ulster Wildlife, for its outstanding commitment to protecting and enhancing biodiversity at the company’s sites in Northern Ireland.

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Rose Week is in bloom at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park

The world renowned Rose Week at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park in Belfast began in earnest on Monday.

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Dullest and wettest June for five years, warmer than usual

Dullest and wettest June for five years, warmer than usual

The Armagh Observatory has reported that June 2017 was dull, wet and warmer than average.

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Recent pollution at the Six Mile Water.

Investigation launched after pollution detected at local river

Members of the public are being urged to be vigilant and report any pollution in local rivers following recent incidents in Ballyclare.

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The Small Blue Butterfly discovered in Co Fermanagh

Rare butterfly previously feared extinct discovered in Northern Ireland

A surveyor from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency has discovered a rare butterfly previously thought to be extinct in the province.

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Road resurfacing in East Antrim

Road resurfacing in East Antrim

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council members have been updated on programmed infrastructure works for the area by the Department for Infrastructure.

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Celebrating the launch of the 2017 Translink Ulster in Bloom Competiton Awards were (from left) David Brown and Bill Pollock, Brighter Whitehead, Frank Hewitt, Translink Chairman, Cllr Paul Reid, Mayor of Mid & East Antrim Borough Council, Moira Rodgers, Brighter Brighthead, Ald Freda Donnelly, NI Local Government Association Vice President, Gerard McAatarsney and Brian Goodfellow, Translink NI Railways.

East Antrim asked to celebrate ‘best blooms’

The 2017 Translink Ulster in Bloom Competition was officially launched during Northern Ireland’s Bus and Train Week (June 5 – 11).

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The McCloskey family getting hands on history

Big Dig to unearth hidden history

The Belfast Hills Partnership along with the National Trust are tooling up for this year’s Big Dig on Divis and the Black Mountain.

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Wood pellets

RHI list: Officials withhold 48 claimants’ names

Although the vast majority of the names of non-domestic RHI claimants have been released, details of some major claimants have been withheld – with little explanation as to the reasons for each decision.

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Wood pellets

IN FULL: Non-domestic RHI claimant list

The Department for the Economy has today published the full list of individuals and companies who have received more than £5,000 under the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Scheme.

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Barn owl (c) Margaret Holland

Volunteers needed to transform the fortunes of barn owls

Wildlife lovers are being urged to help safeguard one of Northern Ireland’s most endangered birds, by getting involved in Ulster Wildlife’s annual survey of barn owls this summer.

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Driest April in 35 years; dullest in 20 years

Driest April in 35 years; dullest in 20 years

The Armagh Observatory has reported that April 2017 was much drier than average, and slightly warmer and much duller.

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