Fuel launderers dump diesel sludge at multiple sites across Dundalk

A calculated and synchronised dump of diesel sludge containers took place in a number of locations across Dundalk, in another escalation in criminal fuel laudering in the region

A calculated and synchronised dump of diesel sludge containers took place in a number of locations across Dundalk, in another escalation in criminal fuel laudering in the region

Ten containers were located on roadsides at four different locations in the county, which appear to have been pushed off a truck.

The biggest find was just up the road from Dundalk Stadium on the edge of the town where four containers were discovered, strewn along the side of the road.

It appears that the IBCs had been loaded onto the back of pallets and then simply pushed off the back of a truck.

All of them had been damaged and at least one had leaked the black tar-like sludge left by diesel launderers when they ‘wash’ the green dye from cheaper marked diesel.

In a statement to the Dundalk Democrat, Paddy Donnelly, Senior Executive Officer at Louth County Council said: “A total of 10 IBC containing a total of 10,000 litres of of toxic sludge were dumped at four locations on Monday night / Tuesday morning.”

He went on the outline the locations of the brazen dumping, saying that Majors Hollow and the Armagh Road were also hit.

“All are being managed by our contractor for eventual export to Germany for disposal at an estimated cost of 10,000 euro. Anyone with Information in regard to this dumping of toxic material should contact the Gardai.”

The manner in which the IBCs were jettisoned off the truck meant that there was considerable risk of the leakage into the surrounding areas.

The risk to human health is a very real one, as the toxic waste can enter the water supply of local home with private wells.

The cost of the clean-up of these operations costs the State millions of euro, with material being shipped to Germany to be safely processsed.