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Court heard 80 tonnes of suspected fuel waste found on site

A South Armagh woman has been fined £12,500 for fuel laundering waste offences.

Newry Magistrates’ Court heard today (Monday) that approximately 80 tonnes of suspected fuel laundering waste was found alongside a fuel laundering plant during a search of premises owned by the defendant.

Sixty-five-year-old Helen Johnston, of Cloghoge Road, Cullyhanna, was fined £12,500 and an offender’s levy of £15.

The court was told that, in March 2014, officers from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA), accompanied by PSNI and Customs officers, inspected premises owned by the defendant at Cloghoge Road, Cullyhanna, and made the discovery.

The site did not have a licence, nor was it authorised by the NIEA to store, keep or treat controlled waste.

Defendant was fined on three charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997.

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