The Environment Agency (EA) has served Waste4Fuel with notice that the environmental permit for its site in Orpington, Kent will be revoked.
Waste4Fuel, which has been in a voluntary arrangement with creditors since December 2013, has until 8 October to appeal the decision.
The EA said that its contractors were still at the site and were “reprofiling” the giant pile of waste to give the London Fire Brigade better access to the site. Since early August, around 1,700 tonnes of the 2,000 tonnes the EA plans to remove has been taken away.
Without a permit, the EA told MRW that Waste4Fuel cannot carry out waste management activities but as the site operator they remain responsible for clearing the site.
The EA said: “The responsibility for fully clearing the site lies with Waste4Fuel Ltd, but we took this rare step to reduce the immediate risk of fire.”
Environment secretary Liz Truss was brought into the wrangle last week when she met three local MPs over their frustrations as to why the saga dragged on.
The MPs, James Brokenshire (Old Bexley & Sidcup), Bob Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst) and Jo Johnson (Orpington), said Truss promised to meet EA chief executive Paul Leinster to check that all possible options to resolve the situation had been considered.
Truss also said she would examine changes to the law to prevent situations like this arising in the future.
In the meantime, the EA said: “We are committed to working with our partners including the London Borough of Bromley to find a long-term solution.”
Click here for photos of MRW’s visit to the Waste4Fuel site.