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Operator’s permit suspended as fire tackled

A waste operator in Wales has had its permit suspended as agencies tackle a blaze at its site.

The fire broke at Siteserv’s waste storage facility on Llandow Trading Estate, Cowbridge, on 2 March.

South Wales Fire & Rescue has been at the site since then, and announced it was scaling back its overnight attendance on 6 March.

“This decision is based on a complex risk assessment and the fact that the site is staffed on a 24-hour basis by a Siteserv security guard,” it posted on social media.

In December 2015, a fire was tackled for more than a week at the same site.

Meanwhile, Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has suspended the company’s permit to prevent more waste entering the site until all current materials at the facility have been managed.

NRW operations manager Nadia De Longhisaid: “We have decided to suspend the importation of waste under the environmental permit for the regulated facility at Hangars A and B, off the Llanwit Major Road, Llandow, operated by Siteserv Recycling.

“While our main focus at the moment is working closely with South Wales Fire & Rescue Service, Public Health Wales (PHW) and Vale of Glamorgan Council to manage the effects of the blaze, we have taken this emergency measure to minimise further risks of serious pollution.”

During the weekend, PHW advised nearby residents to keep their windows closed to block out smoke from the site.

The company said in a statement on 5 March that there was no risk to health.

Before the suspension was issued, it said: “While we are unsure of the source of the fire, we are working with both the fire service and police to establish possible causes. In the meantime, the management team has implemented contingency plans and we are operating business as usual.”

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