Latest On Irish Plant At Centre Of Dioxin Scare

The food recycling plant at the centre of the Irish pork scare did not have a licence to use the oil that caused the contamination, according to media reports.

Inquiries by officials from the Department of Agriculture have found that the oil being used at Millstream Power Recycling was not suitable for use in the production of animal feed.

Operators are required by law to get a licence from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to use such oil, but the plant at Bunclody, Co Wexford, did not have a permit.

It has also emerged that Millstream is not licensed by the EPA but was working under a waste permit issued by Carlow County Council for the recycling of food. A team from the EPA visited the plant yesterday to carry out an inspection.