Toxic sludge ‘costing Newry & Mourne around €600,000 annually’

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Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

A recent fuel plant found in Silverbridge

A Councillor for County Louth has this week spoke of how the job of dealing with toxic sludge has cost the Newry & Mourne area approximately €600,000 in the last year. Councillor Tomas Sharkey also commented on how criminal gangs could end up controlling every town land and parish in the border region unless steps are taken to stamp out diesel laundering, “We face into a future of criminal gangs controlling parishes, controlling town lands, controlling regions. That’s why it was so important that all agencies on both sides of the border come together to tackle the problem.” The Councillor said that profits for criminals are “enormous” and are “being used to make criminal gangs stronger.” He continued by saying how the amount of diesel being processed was more than every farmer could use if they went out in their tractors daily. On the issue of toxic sludge, Mr Sharkey spoke of how costs amounted to around €600,000 for the Newry & Mourne area. Another councillor for the area, Martin Murnaghan also commented on the issue of toxic sludge, saying it would be “catastrophic” for the environment should the sludge ever come into contact with a water supply. In total, diesel laundering is said to have cost the Republic’s exchequer around €80 million each year.
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