Fuel marker ‘not compromised’ – Adams
Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has welcomed a PQ response from the Minister for Finance Pascal Donohoe which confirms that there is no evidence that the new mineral oil marker introduced in 2015 to deter fuel laundering has been compromised.
Teachta Adams said:
“Since the introduction in April 2015 by the Revenue and the British authorities of a new mineral oil marker (Accutrace S10 TM) into all oil products, the incidence of the dumping of sludge has decreased.
“In his response to me, the Minister for Finance said: ‘I am advised by Revenue that there is no evidence, based on the analysis of the diesel sludge found recently in County Louth, that the marker has been compromised. While available evidence indicates that Accutrace S10TM cannot be laundered by conventional methods, Revenue continues to keep the situation under review and remains vigilant and continues to give high priority to this issue.’
“While this is welcome news, the upmost vigilance is needed to prevent those criminal gangs involved in fuel laundering from causing serious environmental and health problems, putting at risk legitimate business and jobs, as well as imposing significant financial costs on local councils and the taxpayer.”