Wood recyclers have begun working with the Environment Agency (EA) to develop a template for fire prevention plan (FPP) applications.
In December, the Wood Recyclers Association (WRA) announced plans to work with the EA after describing the FPP guidance as “unworkable” due to tighter limits on stack sizes and burn times.
Now, after an initial meetings between the organisations, the WRA has said it will develop a model to create appropriate calculation methods to define storage and pile size guidelines for different fraction sizes of wood.
The template for wood recyclers will define acceptable alternative measures to ensure that the overall objectives of the FPP guidance are still met.
Julia Turner, WRA executive director, said: “The EA has said that bespoke pile sizes and storage durations can be agreed as long as appropriate alternative measures are in place to prevent fire.
“We are now producing a template which will help operators who do not necessarily have consultants or specialist employees focused on fire prevention to understand what that flexibility actually looks like in real life.
“We are hopeful this will benefit both sides and allow the industry to move forward in a positive way.”
The EA recently scrapped its centralised assessment panel reviewing all FPPs which are submitted for approval, phasing it out in this year with regional teams taking over.