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EA monitor air after waste blaze

The Environment Agency is to monitor the air quality at a waste transfer station in Blaenau Gwent in Wales after locals raised concerns following a fire at the site earlier this month.

The agency has deployed a mobile air quality monitoring unit to the site of a fire in Nantyglo after concerns about the health impact were raised with Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council and Public Health Wales.

A large quantity of mixed waste at the site of Adrian Lewis Waste Paper Collection caught fire on Saturday 5 January and was tackled by the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service and was monitored by the agency for several days.

The Agency has started its own investigation into the cause of the fire.

Data from the air quality monitor will be collected over a short period for the council and Public Health Wales.

An EA spokesman said he was confident that the impact of the fire on the environment was minimal. He said: “By deploying our mobile air quality monitor, we will be able to provide detailed information to our partner organisations so they can give the best advice to local people,” he said.

A council spokesperson said: “In conjunction with Public Health Wales, Blaenau Gwent Council advised that residents keep their windows and doors closed and minimise their outdoor exposure to the smoke.”

The site is permitted by EA to accept and sort mixed residential and commercial waste. The agency’s investigation will look into whether any environmental offences may have caused the fire.

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