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Update on Keenan's Recycling Centre

19th February 2013

Following a multi-agency meeting and on-site risk assessment of the burning pile today (Tues, Feb 19), steps will now be taken to tackle the smouldering material at Keenan’s Recycling Centre in New Deer, Turriff.

Since a fire broke out at the site in June last year, representatives from Aberdeenshire Council’s Environmental Health Service, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), Grampian Fire and Rescue Service and NHS Grampian have carried out regular monitoring of the site.

The material has been allowed to continue to smoulder undisturbed in the interests of public health and the environment. Monitoring work carried out by SEPA indicated that there was no significant risk to public health and the amount of smokegenerated by the deep-seated fire has continued to decrease over time.

However, the multi-agency group has today taken the decision that the material can now begin to be safely tackled. Sections of the material will be removed, spread out and allowed to cool down naturally, thus speeding up the process with a view to eventually extinguishing the complete pile.

This work will commence in the next week or so and residents will be issued with letters to inform them of what will happen. Dust emissions may occur and levels of smoke may also rise temporarily. Keenan’s Recycling Ltd will be mindful of wind direction when undertaking the work to avoid affecting nearby properties.

Chair of the multi-agency group, Councillor Norman Smith, said: “We are now at a stage where all agencies are in agreement that some of the material can be safely removed from the pile and extinguished.

“We hope it will reassure residents that we are doing all we can to rectify the situation as soon as possible, while ensuring that we protect people’s health and well-being.”

 

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