Fire Prevention Plans

Paul Downing

Many new environmental permits require approved “Fire Prevention Plans” before the permit can be issued. The EA are in the process of updating the guidance for Fire Prevention Plans. The whole process has been rather controversial with many trade bodies and lobby groups saying that the EA is imposing additional burdens on industry. The current guidance can be found here “Fire Prevention Plan Guidance“.

In essence the EA require that you demonstrate that you have adequate infrastructure to store waste in a manner likely to minimise the risk of fires starting and spreading. In addition you will need to show that you also have access to enough fire water for the volumes of waste that you will be storing as well. This along with space requirements is problematical for some smaller operators of waste sites as the required separation distances on 6m between waste piles and the permimeter and the requirement for a quarrantine area in the middle of the site to be kept clear at all times can be difficult to achieve if you are limited on space.

Calculation of fire water retention within the site for the volumes of water required to fight the fire in order to prevent run-off and pollution of neighbouring sites is complex. Call us now if you are required to submit a FPP to the Environment Agency.


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