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Wood recycler’s permit refused after fires

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A wood recycling company in Wales has had a permit application for a waste storage and treatment facility refused after fires at its other sites.

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) said it was not satisfied that South Wales Wood Recycling had the appropriate measures in place to operate the facility without affecting the environment or local people.

The proposed activity at Baglan Energy Park, near Port Talbot, would involve storing and treating waste wood for recycling into items such as animal bedding and biofuel.

South Wales Wood Recycling was fined £20,000 in November following fires at its sites at Alexandra Dock facility in Newport and Old Llynfi Power Station site in Maesteg. An unrelated five-day fire at its Brigend site was also tackled in September.

Martyn Evans, NRW head of operations for south-west Wales, said the company had not demonstrated that it could avoid similar incidents at the new site.

He said: “We issue permits to waste facilities so the activity can be appropriately regulated, and to make sure they operate in a way which does not unduly harm the environment or nearby communities.

“Following two significant fires at other facilities operated by the company since 2015, the company has not demonstrated it can avoid further similar incidents and meet the other requirements of a permit.

“Our decision follows a thorough assessment of this application, including the need for detailed management systems to protect communities and the environment.”

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