Toxic sludge dump “unusal”

LOUTH County Council have described last week’s toxic sludge dump as “unusal” in the manner that it was carried out.

LOUTH County Council have described last week’s toxic sludge dump as “unusal” in the manner that it was carried out.

Gardaí, Louth Council officials and customs officers are this week investigating the latest large scale dumping of highly toxic diesel sludge, which was left abandoned on the hard shoulder of the M1 motorway, in the North bound lane just north of Dundalk, between exit 19 and 20.

The trailer contained an estimated 48,000 litres of the toxic by-product of the fuel laundering process, which sees the green dye extracted from agricultural diesel.

The containers were loaded onto a stolen curtain-sided trailer, which contained 48 containers known as IBCs which can hold approximately 1,000 litres of the toxic waste each.

Speaking with the Dundalk Democrat, a source that was working on the cleanup told the paper that this latest dumping was unusal in three respects.

“The trailer that was used had been stolen the night before from a haulier near Dundalk. Usually with trailer loads dumped the it is an old trailer and that worthless in value, yet this was a three year old trailer that had been stolen.

“The owner of the hauliage company who were using the trailer which itself was owned by a transport company came down to pick it up.

“What also makes this unusual is that the fuel launders who stole the trailer also overloaded it. There were 48 IBCs, all weighing approximately one tonne each. This means the driver would have been a risk of crashing while transporting it.

“We had to load half the trailer load onto another trailer before transporting it to the machiney yard in Dundalk. Here we basically repackage the containers to UN standards before shipping it to Germany.”

The cost to the taxpayer is approximately €1,000 per tonne of toxic waste, which means this haul will cost approximately €50,000.

“Dumps such as these are usually made in remote areas, and this find on the motorway is also not the norm in these crimes.”