Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (829, 830)

Gerry Adams

Question:

829. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the number of intermediate bulk containers containing diesel sludge waste dumped in County Louth in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019; the number of arrests and subsequent prosecutions made pertaining to each of the dumping incidents recorded; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44960/19]

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Gerry Adams

Question:

830. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the annual cost for clean-up and disposal of dumped intermediate bulk containers containing diesel sludge waste in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019 in County Louth; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44961/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 829 and 830 together.

Enforcement in relation to illegal diesel laundering activities is primarily a matter for the Revenue Commissioners from the point of view of avoiding loss of revenue to the Exchequer and my Department does not compile statistics in relation to arrests made or prosecutions taken.

My Department assists local authorities in carrying out their role as competent authorities under waste legislation, which is to take the necessary measures, on behalf of the State, to ensure that any waste generated and left abandoned by diesel launderers is disposed of without endangering human health and without harming the environment.

Over 1,000 incidents of diesel laundering waste dumping have been dealt with by local authorities to date and my Department has reimbursed the costs associated with such disposal in every instance. Details of the amount provided by my Department to Louth County Council for the period 2016-2019 are set out in the following table.

Louth County Council

Incidents

Costs

2019

26

€161,963.33

2018

26

€166,215.67

2017

37

€174,905.74

2016

48

€922,518.09