Tuesday 20 March 2018

Residents near dump fire facing evacuation

Treacy Hogan Environment Correspondent

FAMILIES living in homes surrounding the dump fire that cannot be put out may be evacuated if the emergency worsens.

The evacuation of homes will be considered if the situation at the Kerdiffstown landfill, Nass, become more grave, Kildare County Council said yesterday.

International experts in underground dump fires arrived at the scene yesterday, where the blaze has been spewing out smoke for more than a week.

Because the fire is located under a 30 metre high rubbish mountain on the 50-acre site it cannot be brought under control. More than 1.75m tonnes of waste was illegally deposited at the dump.

The Enviromental Protection Agency (EPA) said it had installed a continuous air monitoring unit in the Kerdiffstown area. More than 30,000 people are living in housing estates within one mile of the dump.

Irish Independent

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