80 tonnes of toxic waste found on farm

80 tonnes of toxic waste found on farm

Nearly 80 tonnes of toxic waste have been discovered at a disused farm in south Armagh.

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."CHAR(13) + CHAR(10)


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