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Sunday 20 January 2019

Toxic smoke danger from dump fire that cannot be extinguished

POLLUTION from a fire at a dump, which could blaze for months, is putting the health of more than 30,000 people at risk.

Firefighters have been unable to quench the fire in the core of Kerdiffstown dump near Naas, Co Kildare, which is emitting toxic smoke.

The blaze is also causing environmental damage locally, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the HSE has been called in to monitor air quality.

"The fire service cannot put it out and it is not known when it can be put out," said an EPA spokesperson.

EPA inspectors have met with Kildare County Fire Service "to plan for the ongoing emergency response to the fire".

The 50-acre dump, which no longer accepts waste, is less than a mile from thousands of homes at Kerdiffstown, Monread and Morell housing estates in Naas.

The fire started in a pile of waste more than a week ago. It is classified as a "below-surface fire", which means that firefighters are unable to put it out.

csheehy@herald.ie

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