The Environment Agency has prevented the owner of a major waste wood recycling site in South Yorkshire from receiving materials following a fire that lasted longer than a week.
The blaze broke out at Plevin’s £5m biomass facility in Hazlehead on 2 June and was put out on 13 June.
It was the second fire to hit the facility in less than two months: one in April took five days to extinguish.
South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue said it was “considering all possible measures, including possible legal action”, to help prevent fires reoccuring.
The EA has now served a Regulation 37 on the site, which suspends the operator’s licence and prevents it from accepting new materials.
“This will remain in place until an improved management system is implemented,” said the agency. “Environment Agency officers are working closely with the operator’s and conducting daily site visits.”
Plevin said: “We will continue to work with both the Environment Agency and South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue to minimise the risk of such an incident happening again and will be conducting a full investigation into how and why this fire started.”