Hazardous and specialist waste management company BCB Environmental Management has gone into administration following a fire which destroyed its site in Tockwith near York on 11 August.
The company had plans to build an advanced thermal treatment facility which used gasification and oxidation technology at a proposed £23m power plant in the area – Marston Business Park.
Its appointed administrator is Sheffield based firm The P&A Partnership with Christopher Michael White and John Russell appointed as joint administrators.
BCB went into administration on 23 August. It had made 33 of its 37 employees redundant before the joint administrators were appointed, however the remaining employees have also been laid off since the company entered administration.
The Environment Agency (EA) issued an Anti-Pollution Works Notice on BCB, which prevents or remedies pollution of controlled waters. This was later followed up by a briefing document sent around the local area on Friday 20 August, reassuring residents of the clean-up procedure for the site, which is situated on Fleet Beck.
It revealed that Fleet Beck had been contaminated because of the fire, but this water is now being tankered away for safe disposal. The beck leads into an area of water used as drinking water, but the EA has now dammed up Fleet Beck to stop any contamination.
It states: “The clean-up operation remains the responsibility of BCB, the administrator (once appointed) and the landlord. We will continue to work with all parties and the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) to ensure the environmental impact is minimised, including ensuring that demolition of the remaining building is carried out safely.”
According to an EA spokesperson, clearance of material on the actual site was to begin on 24 August
At the time of the fire, media outlets reported that BCB’s managing director Phil Boardman said: “It is too early to know what caused this fire, but we are currently co-operating with the fire and rescue service and will work closely with them and the Environment Agency in any subsequent investigation.
“Once the cause of the fire has been identified, we will assess what remedial action may be needed to ensure that all further risk of fire is minimised.”
Earlier this year, BCB suffered another fire which was a result of an arson attack on the business. It was fined £40,000 after a joint investigation by the HSE and North Yorkshire Police found BCB had failed to properly store flammable liquid, which was used in the attack.