Kerdiffstown dump pollution threat

ENVIRONMENTAL experts are in a race against time to prevent possible contamination of the public water supply by the controversial dump at Kerdiffstown, Naas.

ENVIRONMENTAL experts are in a race against time to prevent possible contamination of the public water supply by the controversial dump at Kerdiffstown, Naas.

Huge quantities of leachate have already leaked from the dump – which closed over a year ago – into the ground beneath and efforts are underway to prevent more seepage.

“The Environmental Protection Agency has done great work to clean up the dump so far but there is an ongoing of risk of pollution to the River Liffey and to drinking water before boundaries are put in place underneath the site,” Joe Friel of action group Clean Air Naas, told the Leinster Leader.

He said that while some leachate has been collected much more will remain unaccounted for until the main clean up starts in 2013 and impervious barriers are built.

“We estimate they have two years to do this but there could be less time depending on weather conditions,” Mr. Friel added.

Both Fine Gael and Labour made pre-election promises to clean the site, described as the “most complained about dump” in the State.

The Government has allocated 2.8m to be spent on this work this year.