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EA reinstates permit at Plevin's Barnsley wood recycling facility

The Environment Agency (EA) has reinstated the environmental permit of Plevin’s £5m wood recycling facility in Barnsley, which was suspended following a fire last year.

From 16 February the company will be allowed to bring limited quantities of wood on to the site. The amount will be restricted until further improvements are made.

The EA served a suspension notice in July 2014 preventing Plevin from receiving more wood at the Crow Edge facility following a blaze that started on 2 June. This was the second fire to hit the facility in less than two months.

The notice also required the company to improve its operations to reduce the risk of the site causing serious harm to the environment or local community.

Since then, Plevin has removed roughly 85,000 tonnes of waste from the site, and has taken steps to reduce the risk of a fire recurring.

Michael Lambert, EA environment officer, said: “The EA has been working closely with Plevin to bring the site into environmental compliance since the fire. It was a significant incident that caused disruption to local people and posed a significant risk to the environment. But we are now satisfied that the company has done enough to reduce the risk of another fire.

“We will continue to monitor the company’s progress closely, and it will be allowed to increase the quantities of wood brought on to the site only if further improvements are made.”

Jamie Plevin, managing director of Plevin, said: “We are pleased that the decision has been taken to reinstate the environmental permit to allow us to bring in additional waste as a result of the improvements that have been made.

“We will continue to work closely with the EA on further improvements, and would like to thank the EA, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, customers, residents and other stakeholders for their patience and understanding during this time.”

 

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