Saturday 7 December 2019

Huge blaze damages controversial landfill

Michael McHale

A GARDA investigation will be carried out into a blaze that last night destroyed a large shed on the site of a controversial landfill.

The fire began at around 5.45pm at the Kerdiffstown dump near Naas, Co Kildare. Five fire units tackled the outbreak, which was brought under control by 8pm. No one was injured.

It was not immediately known how the blaze began.

The landfill had been run by company Neiphin Trading, operating under the name A1 Waste when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) brought a High Court case against it for unregulated dumping practices.

In May the court granted an order for the dump's closure. The EPA had received more than 200 complaints from nearby residents over the smell coming from the dump.

It is the second blaze to hit the site in the last two months.

The EPA is now believed to face a huge clean-up bill -- expected to cost €30m to €40m.

Irish Independent

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