Saltney Blaze: Fire crews remain on site while waste is removed.
A fire crews are still at the site of the blaze in Saltney which started last Tuesday 20th May, operations are expected to be scaled back today.
The huge fire started at the Lancashire Fuels 4U warehouse on River Lane and involved tonnes of recycled waste.
Fire crews are damping down the waste material as it is removed from the site.
Jason Bellis-Jones has been sending regular updates via Twitter to Deeside.com and other media outlets, he sent the latest picture (above) which appears to show the waste material next to mounds of earth.
Natural Resources Wales responded to the picture by saying:
“The site operators are currently using this area to store material removed from the fire, Natural Resources Wales are aware of this. The material will not be buried.”
North Wales Fire and Rescue said Fire investigation work is continuing at the site of the blaze.
Sian Williams, Head of Operations, Natural Resources Wales said:
“Although the operation is being scaled down we will continue to work with the North Wales Fire and Rescue Service and the site owners to ensure any potential environmental impacts are minimal, our officers remain on site monitoring water quality in the River Dee and surrounding water courses.”
The Daily Post revealed on Monday that Lancashire Fuels 4U had been Natural Resources Wales to remove the recycled waste in December last year.
David Powell, Environment Manager, Natural Resources Wales told the Daily Post:
“Natural Resources Wales issued Lancashire Fuels 4 U with a notice to remove waste from their site at River Lane, Saltney in December last year.
“The company has appealed against the notice and legal proceedings are ongoing.
“We received an application for an environmental permit from Lancashire Fuels 4 U in January 2014 to turn the waste into biomass fuel but this application is still under assessment and no environmental permit has been issued.”
Natural Resources Wales will also continue to monitor the River Dee for any environmental impact following the fire.
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