The Northern Ireland Environment Agency has said it will pursue the polluters of a waste site outside the city of Londonderry after Mark H Durkan (pictured) revealed the cost to date to the taxpayer was £800,000.
More than half a million tonnes of material was buried illegally in and around a licensed recycling site at Campsie.
Disposal of the “high risk” waste materials from the city industrial waste site outside Londonderry has already cost the taxpayer £800k over the past seven months.
The licence for the owner and operator of the recycling site was revoked and a criminal investigation launched, with two arrests made.
Environment Minister Mark H Durkan – “We will pursue the polluters vigorously to recover all clean up costs. If we are not wholly successful at that stage I will consider further options”
Independent expert Chris Mills, commissioned by former Environment Minister Alex Attwood to examine the case, investigated and said clearance costs could ultimately be “tens of millions of pounds”.
Environment Minister Mark H Durkan said: “In the past seven months, works at the Campsie site have focussed on removing high risk waste materials on the licenced materials recovery facility (MRF) site in addition to the NIEA undertaking environmental monitoring of the water quality in and around the site.
“Costs incurred to date by the Department of the Environment are in the region of £800k.
“Clean-up decisions will be based on this expert advice which will include detailed estimates of the likely costs and timescale.
“We will pursue the polluters vigorously to recover all clean up costs. If we are not wholly successful at that stage I will consider further options.”