By Denna Bowman
Residents living near a tyres recycling facility which has exceeded its storage limit are worried it poses a serious fire risk.
OM Recycling in Mayobridge has stockpiled thousands of tyres outside the boundary of its licensed premises.
Fears are heighted in the wake of a massive inferno which took three days to extinguish at a tyre depot in Eglinton, County Londonderry, earlier this month.
The Environmental Crime Unit is investigating the site and the company says it is committed to resolving the issues.
Edwin Poots, the environment minister, said there is a “significant risk to human health and the environment” due to the presence of about 400,000 tyres at facility.
He said the tyres are baled and currently stored on adjacent land which falls outside the licensed area at Chapel Hill.
Mr Poots said that OM Recycling had been told the baling of tyres was not authorised by its existing licence and that the baled tyres stored on adjacent land had no authorisation and “must be removed as soon as possible”.
OM Recycling said it was co-operating with all Northern Ireland Environment Agency departments and that its site was secure.
It said it had a fire safety plan in place with the local fire brigade.
Earlier this month the blaze at Campsie Industrial Estate in Eglintontook, which was tackled by 16 appliances pumping thousands of gallons of water, took three days to put out.