Monday 31st January 2011: Statement on behalf of Co-ordinating Group

Date released: Jan 31 2011

Good progress is still being made in dealing with the fire at the Kerdiffstown landfill near Naas. Dismantling, segregation and treatment of burning waste is continuing with the aid of thermal imaging equipment, fire suppression techniques and heavy earth-moving machinery. It is expected that complete extinguishment of the fire will take at least a week. However, smoke emissions are reducing and have stabilised through yesterday and today. The EPA continues close monitoring of air quality in the surrounding areas.

The landfill site has been secured, but it remains a dangerous area and is out-of-bounds for safety reasons. People should not enter it on any account.

The HSE has the following advice for residents in the area:

"For people in good health, the levels of air pollution we are seeing at present in the immediate vicinity of the landfill are unlikely to have any serious short-term effects. However, at times, depending on the wind direction, there may be some smoke in your vicinity.

Any smoke is an irritant, and can cause soreness in the throat and eyes.
The general advice remains that people should keep out of the smoke. Staying indoors with the doors and windows closed will give a good level of protection. Some people may be sensitive to the effects of smoke. Those with existing respiratory or cardiac problems, young children and the elderly may experience symptoms.

People with symptoms should reduce their level of activity, take medications as prescribed and consult their doctor.”

The following are the contact numbers for the agencies dealing with situation at Kerdiffstown:

Health Service Executive, Department of Public Health:  01 635 2151 (Office hours only)

Environmental Protection Agency: 01 268 0100 (Office hours only)
     053 916 0600 (Message Service out of hours)

Kildare County Council: 045 980 200 (Office hours only)
   1890 50 03 33 (Out of hours emergency)