Prescot Remondis Fire: Five Days On

By on Friday, December 9, 2016

carrlanefirefeatFive days on from a blaze at a waste facility in Prescot, firefighters are still on the scene extinguishing pockets of fire.

A combined platform-ladder is in use from which to dampen areas still smouldering from deep-seated heat at the Remondis site on Carr Lane. The road remains closed to traffic.

It is still not safe for investigators to enter and determine what materials have been burned, but the site is permitted to dispose of both hazardous and non-hazardous waste.

Is the smoke damaging to Prescot residents’ health?

Short answer: Thought safe, but we don’t know the scale yet

Knowsley Council report that, according to Public Health England, the risks to health are low. People with pre-existing conditions are more at risk.

Air quality tests are being carried out, and the full environmental impact can only be assessed once the site is safe and investigations have been completed.

The Environment Agency has confirmed that the water used to fight the fire is contained within the site, and the nearby Prescot Brook is unaffected.

What to do if you have concerns

The Environment Agency says that if you have ash or debris on your property, it can be dampened down with water and safely removed or washed away.

If you have concerns for your health, due to the smoke, especially if you have a pre-existing medical condition, please see your GP or phone the NHS on 111.

Remondis UK, the international firm behind the waste recycling plant, has stated: “REMONDIS UK understands there may be concern regarding the impact resulting from the incident to the local environment and residents.  Anyone with any concerns relating to the above should contact mark.dacre@ivesandtaylor.co.uk.

“During office hours, Mark Dacre can also be reached on 01204 552018 or Claire Johnson can be reached on 01204 552010.  Your query will be forwarded to the insurers and be dealt with as quickly as possible.”

 

One Comment

  1. Michael Reid

    Friday, December 23, 2016 at 11:35 am

    A blanket of ignorance seems to now cover this episode. The answers above seem to be less than convincing.
    “Is the smoke damaging to Prescot residents’ health?

    Short answer: Thought safe, but we don’t know the scale yet”

    Real answer: Dunno

    “It is still not safe for investigators to enter and determine what materials have been burned, but the site is permitted to dispose of both hazardous and non-hazardous waste”

    The drums marked as poison are too dangerous for firefighters to approach.

    “Air quality tests are being carried out, and the full environmental impact can only be assessed once the site is safe and investigations have been completed”

    We have this information but you are not being told.

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