Hearty disappointed as sludge dumping continues

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Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

Sinn Féin Councillor Terry Hearty has voiced his disappointment that the practice of dumping toxic waste in south Armagh is still continuing.

A recent fuel plant found in Silverbridge

Speaking to Newry Times, Hearty revealed that in the last few days at least two more cubes of toxic sludge have been dumped in south Armagh, this time on the Loughhaveeley Road in Glassdrummond.

“This is a very remote, rural road. The cubes were dumped carelessly out of a van, spilling over the road and into a drain.

“From July 2012 at least 770 tonnes of toxic sludge has been removed from our roads and waterways at a cost of approximately £225,000 of taxpayer’s money.

“While 770 tonnes of sludge may have been cleared we have no idea how much of this poison has seeped into the ground or made its way to waterways. These people seem intent on poisoning our beautiful countryside and doing as much environmental harm as they can.

Hearty added, “If anyone sees this sludge dumping going on or knows anything about it they should not hesitate to contact the Environmental Agency or the PSNI. We have a duty to protect the natural beauty of our area, our environment and the health and well being of our children and families.”

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