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Large amount of toxic sludge dumped near Keady

BETWEEN 20 to 30 containers of toxic sludge from illegal fuel laundering has been found dumped near Keady in the latest incident of its kind across the border area.

A trailer with the containers was discovered close to the junction of the Castleblayney and Crossnenagh Roads on Saturday afternoon.

Some of the sludge, made from the process of removing dye from diesel, had leaked and the Department of Environment is working to avoid pollution.

Speaking about Saturday’s find, Environment Minister Alex Attwood said: “This is yet another example of the threat to the environment and the local economy of crime and organised crime and another reason why this threat must be dealt with once and for all.

“Everybody should do everything in their power to isolate and help the authorities deal with the fuel laundering gangs and the organised crime they represent.

“This matter in County Armagh is being dealt with. A water quality inspector has been on the site to investigate and manage potential pollution issues. I also commend the work of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency.”

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