4,000 litres of toxic sludge dumped in Faughart

Ami Connolly

Reporter:

Ami Connolly

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Four IBC’c each containing 1000 litres of toxic sludge have been found dumped at Faughart Graveyard today (Wednesday).

Four IBC’c each containing 1000 litres of toxic sludge have been found dumped at Faughart Graveyard today (Wednesday).

The Louth County Council has already tasked their contractor to recover and process the four containers.

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.

There have been a number of such dumpings of toxic sludge in this area over the last twelve months.

Today’s dumping brings the number of incidents to 88, accounting for a total of 442 IBC’s for 2013.

The cost of the recovery and disposal operation is estimated at approximately €400,000 in the current year.

For the same period in 2012 the local authority had dealt with one hundred and five incidents accounting for some 526 IBC’s.

The Louth County Council would encourage members of the public to report any information they might have in respect of any of the unauthorised dumping.