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A large quantity of harmful asbestos waste has been dumped at a disused garage on the Newry road outside Camlough.

Councillor for the area Roisin Mulgrew slammed the actions of those responsible for dumping the potentially lethal material showing complete disregard for the safety of the people of the area. “The potential dangers of asbestos are widely known and the inhalation of asbestos fibers can cause serious illnesses, including malignant mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis,”

The Asbestos dumped at the disused filling station near Camlough.
The Asbestos dumped at the disused filling station near Camlough.

Cllr Mulgrew continued “I am extremely concerned at the discovery of such a large amount of asbestos at this site. The people responsible for dumping the toxic waste here have shown a complete disregard for the safety of the people of this area,”

The discovery has been reported to environmental services . “I have reported this most recent incident to enviromental health who have confirmed that a specialist company will have to be used to safely remove the hazardous material. The substantial cost for this recklessness will have to be covered by the local ratepayers”

Cllr Mulgrew urges anyone with information on any illegal dumping to do the right thing and report those responsible.

In conclusion she added "All dumping is shameful but the dumping of harmful toxic material crosses all boundary of human decency and cannot be tolerated”.

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