Durkan welcomes prevention of ‘environmental disaster’ in South Armagh

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Wednesday, November 5th, 2014
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Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has welcomed the prevention of an environmental disaster in South Armagh. A large amount of toxic waste from fuel laundering was discovered yesterday in south Armagh. Customs officials have said the discovery has averted “a potential environmental disaster”. Mark H Durkan said, “This could have been a disaster for people in the area and for the environment. Fuel laundering and the reckless dumping of the highly toxic waste products is totally irresponsible and very dangerous. “It harms communities on a number of levels and shows a total disregard for the environment of Northern Ireland on which we all depend on for our quality of life and livelihoods. “The money spent on cleaning up after criminals could be much better spent in Northern Ireland to secure a better environment for the whole community. “This operation was robust and a clear example of co-operation in action by my Department’s Crime Unit and law enforcement agencies within the Organised Crime Task Force. Durkan added, “While there are many challenges for DOE in dealing with this and other environmental crime issues, I am confident that my officials will continue to play the fullest part possible in tackling this activity.”

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