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Last Updated: Thursday, 21 October, 2004, 21:51 GMT 22:51 UK
Illegal dumpers face crackdown
Illegal dump site
Rogue contractors have been making millions
Contractors who have illegally dumped up to a third of a million tonnes of rubbish from the Irish Republic in Northern Ireland are facing a crackdown.

The Irish Republic's Environmental Protection Agency hopes to make significant moves against cross-border dumping by the end of next year, it emerged on Thursday.

Rogue contractors have been making millions from pollution by undercutting legitimate waste collectors.

The agency is also carrying out its own review of enforcement laws in the Irish Republic.

The EPA said that in addition to prosecuting the illegal dumpers, it would also pursue them for the huge clean-up costs to put them out of business.

Fine Gael TD Fergus O'Dowd said the Irish Government was not spending enough money to combat the problem.

"We have never had so many resources in our national coffers," he said.

"There is no reason why the government shouldn't provide all the enforcement organisations with the resources to stop this illegal cross border traffic today."

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