REFUSE brought to the now closed waste facility at Kerdiffstown, outside Naas, was dumped at depths of up to 100 metres.
A multi million euro plan by the Environmental Protection Agency to clean up the 70 acres site is well underway and the dump has been closed to the public for over a year.
The multi million euro clean up operation is likely to continue for another four years.
The EPA’s latest initiative is to begin probing beneath the surface of the site to ascertain the nature of the materials deposited at the dump and to establish how much pollution has been created.
The Leader understands that – notwithstanding the foul odours which led to a public outcry – most of what was brought to Kerdiffstown is building materials.
Some construction material, notably plasterboard material used in interior walls, can create the smells for which the dump became infamous.
Drilling machines brought to the site on behalf of the EPA will be used to provide an idea of the extent of the problem metres below the surface of the dump.
Clean Air Naas, the action group formed to campaign against the dump are anxious that the EPA continues to progress the clean up operation.
“The drilling procedure will establish for the first time the true content of the dump. We are happy with what they (the EPA) have done at the site to date and we want them to continue,” said CAN PRO Joe Friel.
Mr. Friel warned that if the work is stalled then there could be “a large pollution issue within two years so the work has to push ahead.”
He said CAN hopes the EPA will undertake the drilling survey “over a couple of months in a structured way.”
Early indications that the bulk of the material is construction -related is “good news”, he said.
He said the next step will be to provide a permanent lining stricture for the dump.
Labour TD Emmet Stagg, who campaigned for the clean up in the Dail, said the drilling will allow the EPA to gather data on the site to contribute to the planning of the remediation programme.
The drilling will take 3 weeks and will be followed by additional site investigation works at specific areas of interest and detail. Overall site investigation works will continue until the summer when site remediation plans will be drawn up, said Dep. Stagg He also said the necessary funding to complete the work will remain available.