Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has condemned those who dumped more than 500 tonnes of hazardous waste from illegal fuel laundering in a quarry in north Louth and he has called for the maximum effort to identify those responsible and to bring them before the courts.
Teachta Adams said:
“The dumping of toxic sludge left from fuel laundering is a major environmental and health threat, as well as a huge cost to the taxpayer.
“This particular dump was identified over two years ago by local Sinn Féin Councillor Tomás Sharkey and residents who then pushed for an investigation of the site by the council and environmental agencies.
“The amount uncovered in north Louth in this one dump is evidence of the scale of these criminal operations and highlights the importance of a co-ordinated local and all-Ireland approach to tackling this problem.
“Already this year there have been 67 recorded incidents of toxic sludge relating to washed diesel in the Louth area alone. This is a huge drain on the existing resources of the council and the Gardaí.
“However, more resources should be provided to the Gardaí and PSNI; and the Irish government and the northern executive should urgently review how they can maximise co-operation between policing, customs, justice and environmental agencies.”