Tonnes of toxic waste uncovered at plant

November 4, 2013

More than twenty tonnes of toxic waste were removed from a fuel laundering plant uncovered near Crossmaglen, Customs and Revenue (HMRC) has said.

During a search of the premises on the Concession Road on Wednesday, the plant  – capable of producing more than 16million litres a year – was discovered within a tank storage area.

Two tankers, a transit van, overground and underground tanks, along with 73,000 litres of fuel were seized.

Investigators from HMRC, the PSNI and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) were involved in the operation.

The toxic waste is being dealt with by the NIEA.

John Whiting, HMRC’s Assistant Director of Criminal Investigation, said: “Every illegal laundering operation typically generates tonnes of toxic waste, involving significant safety and environmental issues.

“As taxpayers and local ratepayers, not only are we missing out on the stolen tax that ends up the pockets of the criminals, we are also paying the substantial cleanup and disposal costs.”