The director of a metal recycling company in south Wales has been given a suspended prison sentence for illegally storing tyres on a site that will cost £200,000 to clear up.
Dennis Egan, 67, director of Egan Metals Recycling, admitted three charges at Swansea Crown Court over activities at a site in Port Talbot.
He was given 18 weeks’ in prison, suspended for 12 months, ordered to undertake 150 hours’ unpaid work and to pay £5,000 compensation.
The court was told that permits were issued for the site in 2013 to allow the company to process tyres. Officers from Natural Resources Wales (NRW) were told that Egan intended to shred small quantities for pyrolysis.
NRW said conditions were actually never met and officers later found nearly 900 tonnes of waste tyres had been brought onto the site. They subsequently discovered an estimated 10,000 tyres nearby.
The emergency services were concerned that a fire would have resulted in a protracted major incident with particular concerns for nearby housing, the Neath and Port Talbot Hospital and the M4 motorway.
The material was removed to a safer position with police patrols during the night and at weekends to prevent arson.
The total cost for this emergency response by NRW is said to be in excess of £30,000 and the cost to the public purse, for final disposal, is put in excess of £200,000.