23 November 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A LARGE quantity of waste that was illegally dumped on a backroad in Co Tyrone, near the Monaghan border, is being removed to be properly disposed of at a landfill site in Co Monaghan.
The 12,000 tonnes of waste, which originated in the south of Ireland, is understood to have been dumped in the area near Clogher in a bid to avoid paying higher disposal charges in the Republic.
A local landowner from Co Tyrone has been prosecuted in relation to the dumping, while work continues to remove it from the site.
It us understood that it will take up to eight weeks to dispose of the remaining material, which consists of commercial, industrial and domestic waste dumped about eight years ago. Over 100 lorry loads have already been taken away and it has been estimated that further 300 will be required to clear the site.
Workers on the site are wearing gas monitors to protect them from fluid and gases coming from the decomposing material.
An official from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency told media outlets the waste was leaching into the environment and causing harm to local waterways.
NI Environment Minister Alex Attwood said the dumping represented environmental vandalism and criminality on a huge scale, and he called on anyone who knew of those responsible to inform the authorities.

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