€70,000 fine for allowing waste be dumped on land
CIRCUIT COURT MEDICAL WASTE FOUND ON TWO-ACRE SITE
A DONARD farmer has been fined €70,000 for allowing up to 8,000 tons of illegal waste, including medical materials, to be dumped on land belonging to him at Coolnamadra near the Glen of Imaal.
While passing the sentence at Thursday’s sitting of Wicklow Circuit Court in Bray, Judge Michael O’Shea said Clifford Fenton was not a serious player in respect to the dumping or the money gained but he was a very important link as he allowed his land to be used.
A large percentage of the dumped materials included highly infectious clinical waste from the Blackrock Clinic and the Mater Hospital. The waste tubes containing blood, bandages stained and soaked with blood, bodily fluids and laboratory waste.
The two-acre site on the banks of a tributary of the River Slaney also contained used incontinence pads, scalpels, needles, laboratory waste, gas cylinders and documents concerning patients and consultant doctors.
The discovery was made when Wicklow County Council’s environmental engineer at the time Sonia Deane and litter warden Bill Ryan followed a truck carrying waste to Coolnamadra. Council officials, the EPA and the Gardaí were all called in.
Still awaiting sentencing are the waste firm involved, Dublin Waste, the owner Louis Moriarty and the truck driver Adrian Munnelly.
In 2006 at Wicklow Circuit Court Fenton pleaded guilty to allowing the waste to be dumped on his land between August and October 2001 at dates unknown.
Clifford Fenton at the Circuit Court last week.