Smells and leaks at Naas dump

OVER 8.5 million litres of polluted water have been removed from the Kerdiffstown landfill site near Naas.

OVER 8.5 million litres of polluted water have been removed from the Kerdiffstown landfill site near Naas.

The pollutant was captured, tankered and taken from the 50 acre site.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which is managing the clean up operation, has conceded that a “minor spill” occurred on February “while leachate handling operations were being undertaken” on February 3.

A holding tank was overfilled and approximately 500 litres of leachate - roughly half the capacity that could be held in a typical outdoor home-heating oil tank - reached a drain which flows to the local canal feeder and which reaches the canal TWO kilometres away.

Both Kildare County Council and Inland Fisheries Ireland were informed of the incident and investigation. The EPA described the pollution as “localised and shortlived”.

Meanwhile the drilling of boreholes to determine the types of waste buried at the site, where and how thick the waste deposits are are resulted in smells emanating from the dump.

As a result local people complained to the EPA, which responded it was aware this was would happen and warnings were issued in advance.

This borehole work is the first step in a series of investigations that will be completed in 2012 to allow the EPA to draw up detailed plans for the remediation of the site.

While these holes were being drilled the odorous gas from the landfill vented to the atmosphere. All the boreholes are now fully sealed and smells should not now return.

The EPA say that completion of this phase of the site investigation is a very important milestone on the journey to full remediation “at a site that continues to pose a risk to the environment.”