Community Update 24 – Submission of application to the EPA for a licence for the Kerdiffstown Landfill Remediation

On 11th September 2017 Kildare County Council yesterday lodged an application with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for an Industrial Emissions Licence. This application and a separate application for planning approval, if approved, will allow Kildare County Council to fully remediate the Kerdiffstown Landfill site and construct a public park/sports facility.

The application for a licence is accompanied by an Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR) and other scientific baseline data that outline the potential impacts and benefits of the proposed project.

Applications to An Bord Pleanála for planning approval and compulsory purchase orders were lodged on 30th of August. The application to the EPA was made yesterday following An Bord Pleanála issuing planning reference numbers, which were required before the EPA could accept an application for a licence.

The full documentation for the licence application will be available on the EPA website (www.epa.ie) in the coming days and a hard copy the application may be inspected at the EPA's headquarters in Wexford. The key documents may also be inspected on the www.Kerdiffstowncleanup.ie website (go here for key EPA application documents) and a hard copy may be inspected in person at the Site Offices in Kerdiffstown. While the planning and licensing processes are separate, the same EIAR is used to consider both applications.

The lodging of applications with both An Bord Pleanála and the EPA; and the EIAR mark a pivotal milestone in the project. The proposed works will significantly reduce the potential environmental impact the site could have on the surrounding area and will once and for all remedy the issues that have resulted in odours in the past.

The Environmental Impact Assessment Report has assessed all aspects of the existing environment (water, air, noise, ecology, soil, archaeology, traffic, etc.) and has predicted the improvements to the environment as a result of the proposed remediation. These works will also result in some temporary, short-term impacts (traffic and construction noise, possible odour) and the plan has been designed to minimise such impacts to an acceptable level.

The Project Team will continue to meet with residents and stakeholders over the coming weeks and months to ensure all interested parties are kept fully informed about progress at the site and to answer any questions arising from the EIAR or in relation to the application process.

The Kerdiffstown Landfill remains under the supervision of Kildare County Council, using powers available under Section 56 of the Waste Management Act. The site is managed on a day-to-day basis by a dedicated site manager, a team of security personnel, and other staff to control 'leachate' (the run-off water that percolates through the waste) and landfill gas. Kildare County Council will continue to issue community updates as remedial works on the site take place. For information about works at the site or to arrange a tour of the site, go to www.kerdiffstowncleanup.ie.

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