A truck company in Northern Ireland has been given a £7,500 confiscation order for offences related to the improper handling and treatment of waste vehicles.
Jonesborough-based McGeough Trucks and Spares was also fined a total of £550 after appearing in front of Newry Crown Court.
The Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) first inspected the company’s site in 2009.
The agency said the site contained large piles of scrap metal including scrap cars, lorries, vehicle parts, hundreds of tyres, batteries, engine blocks and general scrap steel. Some of the waste was estimated to be piled up over seven metres high.
Officers also observed evidence of waste having been burnt on site and that polluting residues were drained into a ditch, discharged into a small tributary river which joins the River Flurry in County Louth.
Subsequent visits to the site by the NIEA officers found that the site was continuing to be used to deposit and treat waste vehicles without the necessary waste licence in place and in a manner likely to cause pollution to the environment or harm to human health.
NIEA said: “The avoidance of the required conditions and measures necessary in an authorised treatment facility by the defendants, conferred benefits in terms of business operation, increased competitiveness and financial advantage through avoidance of fees, capital costs for installing environmental control measures and costs for proper disposal of waste, particularly hazardous waste”.