Tuesday 17 October 2017

Five hundred tonnes of hazardous waste dumped in quarry

Breda Heffernan

Breda Heffernan

OVER 500 tonnes of hazardous waste was dumped in a quarry by fuel launderers.

The illegal dump was discovered in north Co Louth two years ago, however the extent of the hazardous material it contained  has only become known now.

The toxic sludge - a by-product of the illegal laundering of marked diesel fuel by criminal gangs - was buried at the rural site, believed to be Cavan Hill, near Knockbridge.

More than 500 tonnes of hazardous material was found at the location making it one of the biggest such finds ever seen in the county and it compares to a total of around 600 tonnes discovered for the whole of last year.

Louth County Council said it is not able to disclose all the details of the discovery as the matter is currently under investigation by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

However the local authority is seeking a specialist hazardous waste remediation contractor to clean the site.

Some 1,600 tonnes of material was dumped at the quarry, not all of it is believed to be hazardous.

The border county is often used as a dumping ground by fuel launderers.

Irish Independent

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