Even then, the project didn't get everything off the property.
Tom Aluise, spokesman for the state DEP, said the Pollution Prevention and Open Dump Program is in place to clean up open dumps, but typically, it doesn't get involved with private properties unless there are environmental concerns.
Aluise said there were environmental concerns with the property, noting there were dead animals, tires and other refuse.
"I don't know if we'll get involved again. If it becomes an environmental issue, we would become involved," he said.
Aluise said the program cleans up about 1,000 dumps a year, and maybe a couple of those times, it will move onto a private property.
"It's rare when PPOD has to do this," he said. "It's a last resort measure."
He explained environmental enforcement will investigate complaints of environmental issues and may issue an administrative order for a person to clean up the property. If it's not done, a civil suit can be filed.
Aluise said right now, it's not the DEP's plan to get involved with the Kellers' property but said that doesn't mean it won't. He said considering the DEP spent a significant amount of money to clean it up once before, it would be reluctant to clean up the site again.
Raleigh County Assessor Drema Evans, who did not comment specifically on the Keller situation, said living beside an open dump could decrease property values. She said even renovations and improvements to surrounding properties might not make a difference in this type of situation.
According to court records, one neighbor alleged the Kellers' property caused the property value to decrease by a significant amount.
Jim Stone, a Raleigh County litter control officer, said he would like to see the property cleaned, but the most he can do is write a warning and give them time to clean up.
"If I had a crystal ball, I would look at it and tell you, but based on the past history of that location, it may or may not get cleaned up. My hopes aren't too good on it. There is a lot of stuff to clean up," Stone said.
The Kellers initially responded to a telephone interview for this story, but their daughter twice called back to complain that the Daily Mail's interest amounted to harassment.
Their lawyer, Cooke, responded instead.
Cooke said he has explained to his client what needs to be done and noted efforts have been made to clean the property. Cooke said he hopes his client will not get jail time.
"It's not like a lot of stuff that I normally deal with," he said. "That's clearly obvious.
"You could come into my office and go through the criminal parts of my file cabinets. There are sex offenders, people charged with attempted murder, people charged with first-degree murder. It doesn't even fall in the ballpark."