LOUTH County Council have completed a public tender competition for the provision of services to manage, recover and export toxic diesel sludge and associated equipment and materials.
The tender process was held in order to comply with national and European rules.
“This is a regular practice of the local authority when seeking the supply of goods or services,” Mr Paddy Donnelly senior executive Louth County Council said.
“The recent procurement exercise allowed the local authority apply the extensive knowledge and experience it has gained in dealing with such waste to the tender process.
“This has resulted in a savings in the region of approx 30 per cent and the waste is now exported to Holland.
“The costs are still quite significant and continue to be a burden of the Irish taxpayer.
The local authority would continue to encourage members of the general public to report any information they have in regard to these matter to the gardaí.
Recently two IBC’s suspected to contain toxic diesel sludge located on Bog Road, Hackballscross.
There has also been dumps at Toberona.
Last year, a cross-border fuel fraud group was set up which brings together representatives from several agencies, including An Garda Síochána and the PSNI, as well as the United Kingdom and Irish Revenue authorities.
The group shares intelligence and identifies and investigates criminals involved in this fraud.
The maximum fine is now €126,970 euro.
The licensing for road fuels has been tightened up to make it more difficult for launderers to get their product onto the market. Thirty-two stations were shut down by Revenue in 2011 either because they did not have a licence or were in breach of licensing conditions