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Customs officers uncover oil laundering plant in Monaghan

Eight tonnes of toxic sludge was recovered at the plant in Clontibret, which Revenue says cost the exchequer about €1m a year.

The sophisticated oil laundering plant was discovered in Clontibret this morning.
The sophisticated oil laundering plant was discovered in Clontibret this morning.

GARDAÍ AND CUSTOMS Officials have uncovered an oil laundering plant in Co Monaghan which they say posed a potential annual loss to the Exchequer of €1 million.

The plant, found in Clontibret, held 10,00 litres of laundered fuel and nine bags of the bleaching agent used to disguise the fuel’s origin.

Officers also said they discovered eight tonnes of the toxic sludge by-product produced by the bleaching of the oil.

The operation was the result of surveillance activity, the Revenue said, and formed part of the service’s ongoing attempts to hinder the laundered fuel market.

“Revenue would like to remind motorists and the public that they should be aware of the risks posed to their vehicles by using laundered fuel,” it said in a statement.

“It also takes much needed funds from the Exchequer; hurts legitimate trade and of course it is funding criminal activity.”

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