Larkin condemns latest diesel waste dumping incident

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Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015
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Slieve Gullion Sinn Féin Councillor Mickey Larkin has condemned the latest dumping of laundered diesel waste.
Cllr Mickey Larkin beside the dumped diesel waste outside Mullaghbawn

Cllr Mickey Larkin beside the dumped diesel waste outside Mullaghbawn

“This latest incident occurred at Glendesha outside Mullaghbawn,” he explained. “The waste is contained in a half ton bag normally used for sand or gravel. “It appears to be a solidified tar-like substance and is dumped at the entrance to a field. Already there is a leaching from the bag into the soil. This type of pollution is very harmful to the environment and poses a risk to human and animal health. “The local community doesn’t want these toxic substances dumped in their midst. I would ask those involved to desist from their activities,” Larkin added. Sinn Féin MLA Megan Fearon also raised concerns. “This is the third incident in recent weeks where diesel waste has been dumped in these types of bags. The fabric of the bags is such that rain washes through them taking the pollutants with it into the soil. “As such it creates a greater hazard than that presented by the cubes which have been used in the past. We may be witnessing a change in the laundering processes used. “This in itself is worrying considering the recent introduction of a new dye to off road diesel. The latest dumping has been reported to the Council’s Environmental Health Department and should be cleared quickly,” she added.

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