A county Armagh waste management company were fined £8,000 for a series of fuel laundering waste offences.
Transco Waste Ltd, its manager Vivian Devlin and landowner Paul Devlin were fined at Newry Crown Court earlier today.
They both entered guilty pleas at a previous hearing in January 2017.
Officers from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA), HMRC and the PSNI visited a site on Concession Road, Crossmaglen on October 30, 2013 where they uncovered significant quantities of fuel laundering waste deliberately hidden under genuine waste within a shed on the company’s premises.
This shed was 25 metres away from a primary school playing field.
Documentation was subsequently received by the NIEA to show that the company had paid over £4,000 to have approximately 14 tonnes of waste sent to an authorised site.
A NIEA spokesperson said: “This represents a significant positive outcome insofar as the law has been upheld and convictions secured.
“However, importantly, the offending waste has also been removed at the expense of the defendants.
“This means that the environment has been protected without significant cost to the taxpayer.”