Revised Fire Prevention Plan guidance

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The Environment Agency has released updated guidance to help reduce the risk and impact of fires at regulated waste sites.  

The new Fire Prevention Plan guidance has been published after a three-month consultation with industry, local authorities, regulators and the general public.

A Fire Prevention Plan is required if you have a permit issued to store or treat combustible waste on your site, for example to compost green waste, or if you have a biomass boiler burning non-virgin wood on a permitted pig or poultry unit.

The permit will specify that an FPP is required. The Environment Agency says its revised guidance promotes a risk-based approach to preventing fires and minimising the impact of fires where they do occur.

Best practice includes not allowing waste to be stored for longer than six months, limiting waste stacks to four metres high and separating them by at least six metres.

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