€70,000 fine for al­low­ing waste be dumped on land

CIR­CUIT COURT MED­I­CAL WASTE FOUND ON TWO-ACRE SITE

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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.

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