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Orpington MP Jo Johnson labels Waste4Fuel recycling plant ‘dangerous’ as another fire blazes

PUBLISHED: 10:04 24 April 2013 | UPDATED: 10:04 24 April 2013

Orpington MP Jo Johnson

Orpington MP Jo Johnson

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A third fire in five weeks broke out at a St Paul’s Cray recycling plant on Monday night, just days after Orpington MP Jo Johnson labelled it as “a dangerous hazard”.

Firefighters faced a familiar site as they battled flames at the Waste4Fuel site, in Cornwall Drive, at around 11pm.

Mechanical diggers were once again used to plough through the 10m deep pile of rubbish, allowing smouldering waste to be dampened.

Little over a month ago the site caught fire and stayed alight for eight days, officially becoming Bromley’s longest running blaze.

The business was served with an environmental permit suspension notice by the Environment Agency last week, meaning all combustible waste must be removed from the site by July 15.

Mr Johnson wrote to the Environment Agency asking it to review whether Waste4Fuel has been respecting the terms of its licence and, if not, to take steps to revoke it.

He said: “The Waste4Fuel site has become a dangerous hazard to the local community and it is high time that it faced robust enforcement action. I will continue to work closely with the Environment Agency and local councillors to ensure that the operator complies in full with the notice.”

Waste4Fuel refused to comment.


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