80 tonnes of toxic waste found on farm

Published Thursday, 27 March 2014
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Nearly 80 tonnes of toxic waste have been discovered at a disused farm in south Armagh.

80 tonnes of toxic waste found on farm
The illegal diesel plant was found on Tuesday. (© Getty)

Officers from Revenue and Customs found a large diesel laundering plant in the Cullyhanna area on Tuesday.

The laundering plant was capable of producing around 24 million litres of illicit fuel and evading almost £15m in lost duty and taxes a year.

The plant has since been dismantled and the waste safely removed.

Mike Parkinson, of the HMRC, said: "The volume of toxic waste we uncovered at this laundering plant is staggering and shows the total disregard that these criminals have for the environment.

"We have also stopped a large amount of illicit fuel entering the legitimate market, preventing further revenue loss and helping legitimate traders fight unfair competition.

"Buying illicit fuel not only funds crime, it also supports and encourages these dangerous activities within our communities. If anyone has information about fuel fraud we would encourage them to contact the Customs Hotline on 0800 59 5000."

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seanie in belfast wrote (206 days ago):
the land should be seized and sold to pay towards the clean up. why should I pay my fuel duty then have to pay to clean up after the crim scum
John in Newtownabbey wrote (209 days ago):
If they really want to help honest traders they should name and shame the filling stations they raid that sell this muck. They refuse to do so citing taxpayer confidentiality. What about the person who pays full price for this muck which includes the VAT and Excise duty in full? I would love to see a victim of this muck who has had his engine destroyed take HMRC to the small claims court for damages! Then and only then would there be a chance of HMRC putting honest taxpayers first over the purveyors of this stuff.
Tax payer in Tyrone wrote (209 days ago):
Yet again no arrests but the taxpayer picks up the bill to dispose of the toxic waste.The illegal plant will only move somewhere else and always seems to be one step ahead af the authorities.
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