Fire guidance to be published in July

The Environment Agency’s updated guidance for fire prevention plans (FPPs) will be published next month.

Following its announcement that the publication of guidance would be delayed whilst an economic impact analysis of the potential changes was undertaken, the Environment Agency has now said that it will be published in July.

The Fire Prevention Plan (FPP) guidance sets out the minimum regulatory standards expected of operators of permitted waste sites that are storing combustible waste and requires them to have a fire prevention plan.

Earlier this year, the Environment Agency (EA) carried out a consultation with waste operators on proposed changes to the guidance, which included the scale of combustible waste piles and their separation distances. The consultation closed in March.

The Wood Recyclers Association (WRA) raised concerns about the proposals during the consultation, which it said was not practicable for their businesses. The trade body, which represents 80 per cent of wood recyclers in the UK, urged its members to respond to the consultation and was delighted that 129 people had replied.

In an email to stakeholders the EA has stated that the updated guidance is currently being reviewed by independent fire experts at BRE Global and once it has been reviewed and approved by Defra it will be published on GOV.UK along with the consultation response.

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