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EA gives green light to wood fire guidance

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A guide from the Wood Recyclers’ Association (WRA) on waste wood fire prevention plans (FPPs) has been approved by the Environment Agency (EA).

It has been in development for two years, and will be the first sector-specific guide on fire prevention plans.

The guide follows what the WRA said had been “years of discussions and debates about the potential negative impact the EA’s FPPv3 guidance could have on the sector”.

It outlines the different fraction sizes of waste wood that may be stored, the differences in their storage requirements and the seasonality challenges involved.

WRA chairman Andy Hill said: “The past 12 months have seen some remarkable breakthroughs. We believe we now have a guide that can help wood recyclers make the FPP guidance work for our industry and the EA.”

The guide will be published at the WRA’s winter members’ meeting in December.

Earlier this month, analysis of results from the ‘phase 3’ waste fire tests, commissioned by the Waste Industry Safety and Health Forum and conducted in autumn 2017, concluded that use of a non-standard wetting agent and alternative firefighting tactics, as well measures such as compartmentation and stack positioning, would reduce the severity of fire incidents at waste sites.

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