Grants claimed by local autorities to assist with diesel sludge waste disposal
LOCAL authorities claimed over €1,000,000 in 2011 for expenses accrued for the clean up of dumped diesel sludge it has emerged.
Most of these grants were requested by Louth and Monaghan local authorities, and it represents a rise of over 300 per cent from 2010.
TD Denis Naughton put the question to Minister for Environment at a recent Dáil Debate on waste disposal.
Deputy Naughton asked Minister Phil Hogan: “the total cost for the clean up of the by-products from fuel laundering in 2010 and 2011 respectively; and if he will make a statement on the matter.”
Minister Hogan told the Deputy: “In 2010, €303,894.82 in grant assistance was paid and in 2011, €1,028,902.84 was recouped to the affected local authorities.
“It is clear from recent seizures that this illegal activity has grown significantly in recent years.
“A by product from these illegal laundries is a hazardous waste sludge which tends to be abandoned or dumped by the side of the road.
“Local authorities have responsibility for the management and safe disposal of this abandoned residue and, until recently, this has been happening primarily in the border counties of Louth and Monaghan but is now occurring also in other areas.
“Dealing effectively with the underlying diesel laundering activity involves a multi-agency effort, involving other agencies including the Revenue Commissioners and An Garda Síochána and initiatives are underway, led by the Revenue Commissioners, aimed at better targeting enforcement efforts.
“While my Department does not collate information on the costs incurred by local authorities in dealing with waste arising from illegal oil laundering activities, in recognition of the costs involved in cases brought to my Department’s attention, 100% grant assistance to date has been given for all costs claimed by the relevant local authorities.