Monday 21 May 2018

Man to be extradited on illegal dumping charges

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Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

A DUBLIN businessman has been arrested in Malaga on charges relating to illegal dumping.

Anthony Dean, who is aged in his 60s, was picked up by the Spanish authorities on foot of a European Arrest Warrant.

It is understood that the warrant was issued after an investigation by the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (NCBI).

A spokeswoman for the ­Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said the body has been notified of the arrest.

"We were made aware of the arrest ... and we are working closely with the gardaí. Our interest is in relation to the Kerdiffstown landfill site and we cannot comment any further at this time," she said.

It is not yet known if the charges relate to the Naas site which is being cleaned up by Kildare County Council at a cost of €8.5m to the taxpayer.

Mr Dean is a director of Jenzsoph Ltd which was convicted in 2015 on two charges of causing environmental pollution in relation to its role operating the Kerdiffstown landfill in Co Kildare.

Both Mr Dean and Samuel Stears, the other director of Jenzoph Ltd, were directors of two other companies involved in the site which have since gone out of business.

Last October a fine of €20m (€10m per charge) was levied against the company and the company was ordered to pay the fine within one month. The landmark fine was the largest ever levied against a company for environmental damage.

At the time it was reported that further charges may have been coming down the line in relation to the site.

The total cost of reversing the damage at the site could reach €30m according to an EPA estimate.

Irish Independent

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