The Environment Agency has rejected 237 plans received over the past year; only 82 have been accepted
It has emerged that 65% of Fire Prevention Plans recommended by waste operators have been rejected by the Environment Agency.
Over the past year, the EA has received 237 prevention plans but only 82, or 35%, have been generally agreed upon.
However, the regulatory body has stated that on the whole, plans are progressing in quality and that the approval rate has grown compared to its introductory level, which was less than 10%.
The Environment Agency is continuing to step up its Fire Prevention Plan guidance, which spells out the numerous restrictions placed on the separation and storage space that should be left between different heaps of waste materials.
The EA acknowledges, in a letter to the Renewable Energy Association, that they are being supported by economists from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra), in evaluating feedback and it could take at least three months to conclude.
Across the country, waste groups in Greater Manchester Merseyside and Cheshire (GMMC), are paving the way in examining sites to evaluate the compliance with approved Fire Prevention Plans and other areas throughout the country are set to comply.
Waste groups are making sure that waste operators are complying with the plans with checks on daily fire checks, transfer notes, staff training and site plans.
Checks are also carried out on the treatment of waste, agreement procedures, avoidance and emergency reactions.
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