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Thursday 19 October 2017

Gardai probe second blaze at landfill site

GARDAI are to investigate the cause of a fire in a controversial landfill site outside Naas -- the second in just two months.

The fire broke out at the recovery and recycling centre at Kerdiffstown at 7.50pm last night and several fire tenders from Naas fire brigade fought the blaze before bringing it under control.

It was the second blaze at Kerdiffstown, which is the subject of multiple High Court actions.

Last month a fire broke out which lasted 18 hours. During last night's fire, part of a building on the landfill was burned.

"Tonnes and tonnes" of waste were said to have caught fire last night and black smoke could be seen for miles.

In September, the Environmental Protection Agency, who sent an inspector to the scene, said the fire occurred in the waste processing area and involved an outdoor stockpile of mattresses and textiles.

The EPA has said it received more complaints about the Kerdiffstown landfill than any others.



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The EPA has already secured an order preventing any new waste being taken onto the site, but will return to the High Court next week.

Earlier this month, the High Court granted a series of orders to the EPA against the operators of the landfill site at Kerdiffstown, between Naas and Sallins.

The case is the first where the EPA has moved to close any of the 249 licenced landfill sites in the Republic. Counsel for the EPA told the court there was a "lengthy history" of non-compliance by the Neiphin Trading, the operator of the landfill site at Kerdiffstown.

Mr Justice John Hedigan remarked that there was a complicated corporate structure regarding the site as Neiphin operated the landfill, while Dean Waste Company Ltd had provided the waste and the site was owned by Jenzsoph Ltd.

The court was told that Neiphin is in liquidation, Dean Waste Company Ltd is in receivership and Jenzsoph Ltd was insolvent but in a "limbo" situation.

Next week, a High Court judge is expected to hear from the Attorney General before ruling on the EPA request.

mlavery@herald.ie

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