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Truck firm’s waste a potential hazard to health

  • 21 May 2014
  • By Roger Brown

Northern Irish truck dismantling company McGeough Trucks and Spares has been given a £7,500 confiscation order for waste offences relating to vehicle parts.

In a prosecution brought by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA), Newry Crown Court was told that in March 2009, officers from the organisation visited the firm’s site in Edenappa Road, Jonesborough, County Armagh.

It was found that the site, which is more than three acres in size, did not have the necessary waste licence in place.
It contained large piles of scrap metal including scrap lorries, vehicle parts, hundreds of tyres, batteries, engine blocks and general scrap steel.

Some of the waste was estimated to be piled up more than 7m high. There were several oil spills and officers found evidence of waste being burnt on site. The site was unsecured and the waste was mostly deposited on mud or soft permeable ground. Many of the engine blocks located on the permeable ground still contained oil.

Linda McGeough, who was on site, stated she was a director of McGeoughs Trucks and Spares. During an interview under caution she said the site was active and the land was owned by the family. She said vehicles were brought in and de-polluted on site. The yard did not have an interceptor for the collection of run-off from the site.

Subsequent visits to the facility by NIEA officers in August and November 2009 and March 2010, found it was continuing to be used to deposit and treat waste vehicles without the necessary waste licence. Soil samples taken from the site demonstrated that some of the waste was classified as “hazardous” because of the levels of mineral oils.

The ditch discharged into a small tributary river that joins the River Flurry in County Louth. The firm was also fined £550 for three breaches of the Waste and Contaminated Land (NI) Order 1997.


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