19 diesel sludge
incidents over June and July

Four toxic sludge dumping incidents last week have cost the taxpayer and the Louth County Council €8,000 to dispose, The Dundalk Democrat can reveal.

Four toxic sludge dumping incidents last week have cost the taxpayer and the Louth County Council €8,000 to dispose, The Dundalk Democrat can reveal.

The council deployed their contractor to deal with 5 IBC’s containing toxic diesel sludge dumped in Kilcurry off the R177. Although the four incidents are small, the taxpayer picks up the tab.

This recovery and disposal process is extremely expensive. The process requires the physical recovery of the material and its container from the dump site and the possible disposal of the trailer when material is left in same. The toxic sludge is then decanted into new IBC’s suitable for transfrontier shipping and the material is then shipped to Holland for disposal.

Last year fuel smugglers in Louth and Monaghan cost the taxpayer €100 million. Nineteen diesel sludge incidents were recorded for the month of June and July so far.

Last year, ten of the 11 illegal oil laundering plants found on the island were based in Louth and Monaghan. Customs understand that there are 12 main gangs involved in the profit making industry.