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EA backs FPP processing capability

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The Environment Agency (EA) has backed its capability to process fire prevention plan (FPP) applications after it scraps its centralised assessment panel.

In response to an MRW request, the EA said it would work with tyre and metal recyclers on material-specific templates for bespoke FPP applications.

Since the revised guidance was issued in July, fewer than half of plans submitted have been approved by the EA. Of 361 plans it has received, 169 have been approved to date.

This month, the Wood Recyclers Association (WRA) announced it was working alongside two EA officers to develop an FPP template for its members.

Now an EA spokesperson has said: “We are in the process of making contact with various trade bodies for sectors including wood, tyres and metals.”

Asked about the agency’s plan to close its central panel for FPP assessments in the new year, the EA said the operation would be transferred elsewhere.

“Regional teams will have all had training in doing assessments, and the current team will be working with them during the next three months to ensure a smooth transition.

“Plans should be assessed just as quickly as they are now and, in some cases, more quickly as the process becomes even simpler.”

Previously, the WRA and other trade bodies had described the guidance as unworkable and expressed concern about how rigidly it would be implemented.

The guidance includes maximum stack sizes and a four-hour burn limit.

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