Residents’ health fears over Nantyglo blaze

South Wales Argus: WASTE BLAZE: The fire in at a Nantyglo waste paper facility WASTE BLAZE: The fire in at a Nantyglo waste paper facility

RESIDENTS are concerned for their health as fire fighters are still tackling a blaze at a Nantyglo waste paper facility.

The fire, which has been burning for seven days, could go on for weeks, said South Wales Fire and Rescue Service.

The Environment Agency Wales said it believes the environmental impact has been "minimal".

Yesterday (FRI) afternoon, six fire fighters from Brynmawr station were still trying to put out the fire at Adrian Lewis Waste Paper Collection Ltd on Blaenant Road.

The Environment Agency Wales has sent a mobile air quality monitoring unit to the site, in response to concerns that Blaenau Gwent Council and Public Health Wales have received from residents about the health impact of the fire.

A spokeswoman for Environment Agency Wales said the Agency started its own investigation into the cause of the fire, looking into whether any environmental offences have been committed, and officers continue to monitor the site.

Blaenau Gwent Council has advised residents to keep windows and doors shut, and minimise outdoor exposure to the smoke.

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11:34am Sun 13 Jan 13

beneve says...

Who on earth allowed this facility to operate so near a residential site?
Who on earth allowed this facility to operate so near a residential site? beneve

9:26pm Tue 15 Jan 13

alison121284 says...

I live in roundhouse close, 2 minutes away from the fire. I have 2 young children and I'm getting rather concerned now the length of time this fire has been burning. Someone said its chemicals? So is this dangerous to health? No questions has been answered! Why has this fire not been put out yet? Its all well and good saying keep your windows closed I can smell it in my house even when they are shut. I think its time the local residents got some answers now, and why this was allowed to happen in the first place, and why it has gone on for so long.
I live in roundhouse close, 2 minutes away from the fire. I have 2 young children and I'm getting rather concerned now the length of time this fire has been burning. Someone said its chemicals? So is this dangerous to health? No questions has been answered! Why has this fire not been put out yet? Its all well and good saying keep your windows closed I can smell it in my house even when they are shut. I think its time the local residents got some answers now, and why this was allowed to happen in the first place, and why it has gone on for so long. alison121284

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