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Richard Curran: The dirty business of washed diesel

IMAGINE running a small business during tough times. You do everything by the book, pay your taxes and try to survive. Yet you have to club together with some of your local competitors in a campaign to publicly show that what you are selling is a legal, legitimately sourced product.

This is what a group of around 15 petrol station owners in Co Louth had to do in an effort to combat the rampant use of illegally laundered diesel. The sale of washed diesel is so widespread in the area that a group of garage owners began a campaign built on transparency and a voluntary code of testing to show potential customers they are among those acting within the law.

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