Waste file to go to PPS ‘imminently’

A file into the discovery of more than 500,000 tonnes of illegal waste on the outskirts of Derry is to be handed over to the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) “imminently.”

Last June, the then Environment Minister Alex Attwood revoked the licence of City Industrial Waste as part of the Northern Ireland Environmental Agency investigation into the discovery of the 516,000 tonnes of illegal waste at Mobouy Road.

In December 2013, an independent report from Chris Mills, the former Director of the Welsh Environment Agency, described the dumping at Mobouy as “a sophisticated operation which had been carried out over a number of years”.

He said it had “the hallmarks of organised crime involvement”.

At that time Mr Attwood’s predecessor Mark H Durkan said he would respond to the report’s finding in early 2014. It was further revealed a file was being prepared for the PPS.

Now a spokesman for the Department of the Environment says that file will be handed over shortly.

“The file will be submitted to the Public Prosecution Service imminently,” the spokesman said.

“Environment Minister Mark H Durkan is working closely with key senior staff across the environment and planning functions in his Department to prepare proposals for implementing the recommendations of the Mills Report.

“As soon as these proposals are approved he will announce actions that will drive the changes needed to improve waste regulation in Northern Ireland,” he said.