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Armagh farmer fined £8,000 for illegal waste offences

Stormont Executive press release - Department of the Environment

Mr Patrick Mackle (52) of Moy Road, Armagh was today fined a total of £8,000 at Belfast Crown Court for breaches of waste management legislation.

Mr. Mackle pleaded guilty to two charges and was fined £4,000 for each charge.

In January 2010, officers of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA), together with officers of the PSNI and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, carried out a joint search of a site on the Ballynakilly Road, Coalisland. A quantity of controlled waste in the form of fuel laundering waste and commercial waste was deposited on the site which was owned by Mr Patrick Mackle. Also on site was apparatus and infrastructure used in fuel laundering.

The site did not have a licence from the NIEA to keep controlled waste. Officers visited the site again in March 2010 and found the waste still onsite. A further visit in November 2010 showed that the waste had been removed. However, a large pile of recently burnt material on the same site corresponded to the footprint of the waste which had recently been present. Mr Mackle did not explain where the waste went to.

Notes to editors:

1 The charges were brought under Article 4(1)(b) and under Article 5(1)(c)(i) of The Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997.

2 The charges related to the deposit, treating, keeping, disposal and the failure to transfer the controlled waste to someone authorised to move it or knowingly causing/permitting controlled waste to be treated, kept or disposed of in or on any land except with a waste management licence.

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