Archive for May, 2018

Fire ongoing at former Sunderland waste site

A fire which started on 14 May at a scrapyard and waste site previously operated by a waste management firm, Alex Smiles, in Deptford, Sunderland, is still ongoing.

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service were made aware of the incident just before 6 pm on Monday, and it is expected that the fire will continue to burn until Sunday.

Nine crews from various areas in Sunderland and across the region were deployed, and two aerial ladder platforms and a high volume pump were used. In total, 58 firefighters and 3 officers attended the scene.

The Environment Agency was also present on-site, who commented: “Our officers are on-site working with partners to assess any potential environmental damage including impacts to air and water quality. Our incident room is open and we will continue to monitor the situation closely.

“The site was abandoned last year after the operator went into liquidation. Polluters are responsible for clearing waste and we are working with partners to find a solution as soon as possible.”

Local councillors have already started to question why the site has not been cleared since the collapse of Alex Smiles. Lib Dem leader, Councillor Niall Hodson commented: “A Freedom of Information request from the Liberal Democrats revealed the safety risks to the public of this neglected site over two years ago – and the response from the Environment Agency specifically pointed to the risk of fire.    

“I’m not convinced we’ve seen sufficient action from the council or the Environment Agency to get the site cleared, and frankly it’s disgraceful given the number of years that have elapsed with this neglected and dangerous waste dump in the city centre. We need some answers urgently about how this was able to happen.”

And Lib Dem leader Coun Niall Hodson added: “A Freedom of Information request from the Liberal Democrats revealed the safety risks to the public of this neglected site over two years ago – and the response from the Environment Agency specifically pointed to t

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And Lib Dem leader Coun Niall Hodson added: “A Freedom of Information request from the Liberal Democrats revealed the safety risks to the public of this neglected site over two years ago – and the response from the Environment Agency specifically pointed to the risk of fire. “I’m not convinced we’ve seen sufficient action from the council or the Environment Agency to get the site cleared, and frankly it’s disgraceful given the number of years that have elapsed with this neglected and dangerous waste dump in the city centre. We need some answers urgently about how this was able to happen.”

Read more at: https://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/council-chiefs-say-clearing-alex-smiles-site-would-have-cost-millions-as-they-hit-back-at-blaze-criticism-1-9165705

And Lib Dem leader Coun Niall Hodson added: “A Freedom of Information request from the Liberal Democrats revealed the safety risks to the public of this neglected site over two years ago – and the response from the Environment Agency specifically pointed to the risk of fire. “I’m not convinced we’ve seen sufficient action from the council or the Environment Agency to get the site cleared, and frankly it’s disgraceful given the number of years that have elapsed with this neglected and dangerous waste dump in the city centre. We need some answers urgently about how this was able to happen.”

Read more at: https://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/council-chiefs-say-clearing-alex-smiles-site-would-have-cost-millions-as-they-hit-back-at-blaze-criticism-1-9165705

And Lib Dem leader Coun Niall Hodson added: “A Freedom of Information request from the Liberal Democrats revealed the safety risks to the public of this neglected site over two years ago – and the response from the Environment Agency specifically pointed to the risk of fire. “I’m not convinced we’ve seen sufficient action from the council or the Environment Agency to get the site cleared, and frankly it’s disgraceful given the number of years that have elapsed with this neglected and dangerous waste dump in the city centre. We need some answers urgently about how this was able to happen.”

Read more at: https://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/council-chiefs-say-clearing-alex-smiles-site-would-have-cost-millions-as-they-hit-back-at-blaze-criticism-1-9165705

And Lib Dem leader Coun Niall Hodson added: “A Freedom of Information request from the Liberal Democrats revealed the safety risks to the public of this neglected site over two years ago – and the response from the Environment Agency specifically pointed to the risk of fire. “I’m not convinced we’ve seen sufficient action from the council or the Environment Agency to get the site cleared, and frankly it’s disgraceful given the number of years that have elapsed with this neglected and dangerous waste dump in the city centre. We need some answers urgently about how this was able to happen.”

Read more at: https://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/council-chiefs-say-clearing-alex-smiles-site-would-have-cost-millions-as-they-hit-back-at-blaze-criticism-1-9165705

However, Deputy Council Leader Councillor Michael Mordey hit back at their comments: “The Alex Smiles site was abandoned when the business went into administration, leaving behind thousands of tonnes of waste that would cost millions of pounds to remove.”

“Despite having no quick or easy means to intervene in these circumstances, the council and the Environment Agency have been working together on a plan to bring the site back into use. Responsibility for the site does not sit with Sunderland City Council, it sits with the former owners’ pension fund.  

“The City Council and the Environment Agency have been working hard to find a creative solution to the problem left behind by the site owners when their business failed. It is worth bearing in mind the massive financial burden on public finances this has created and also the failings within the legal system which has meant that no one can be held accountable for what is quite frankly shocking behaviour.

“The responsibility for this lies absolutely with the people who created the problem and it is wrong for anyone – including opposition councillors – to try and suggest that either the Council or the Environment Agency are to blame.”

But Deputy Council Leader Coun Michael Mordey hit back at their comments: “The Alex Smiles site was abandoned when the business went into administration, leaving behind thousands of tonnes of waste that would cost millions of pounds to remove,”

Read more at: https://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/council-chiefs-say-clearing-alex-smiles-site-would-have-cost-millions-as-they-hit-back-at-blaze-criticism-1-9165705

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Tesco fined for Greenford store incident

Supermarket giant Tesco has been fined £1.6 million for health and safety failures in its Tesco Metro store on Greenford Road, which resulted in a delivery driver reversing into a loading bay and injuring a member of the public.

Following a successful prosecution by Ealing Council, the investigation revealed that drivers often reversed unassisted into the store, with the staff failing to notice that it went against their internal procedures.

Isleworth Crown Court heard that in August 2014, the driver in question was reversing unassisted when the vehicle ran into the pedestrian. The manoeuvre trapped the self-employed tradesman between the loading bay and the vehicle, and he sustained serious and life-changing injuries as the result of the impact.

A prolonged and detailed investigation by the council’s health and safety team established that Tesco failed to manage the risks of vehicles and pedestrians both using the car park of the premises, which is open to the public at all times. The organisation also failed to notice that drivers were often reversing on-site unassisted, which was contrary to its internal procedures.

The investigation has led to improvements being made to the layout of the car park, including an installation of barriers preventing access by private vehicles and pedestrians when delivery trucks are manoeuvring on-site.

Councillor Julian Bell, Leader of the Council said: “This is a great result for the Council. I am very pleased that the court has recognised the seriousness of these offences and imposed a fine reflecting this.

“We will always prioritise the safety of local people and this investigation has secured changes to the layout of the car park in question which will hopefully reduce the chances of another tragic incident such as this occurring.

“Our health and safety team will not hesitate to take action against any organisation – large or small – who fails to comply with their obligations to protect their employees and others affected by their activities.”

Tesco pleaded guilty to breaching two offences. The judge fined the supermarket £800,000 for each offence and ordered it to pay £50,000 in costs. 

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Regulation (EU) 670/2018 (OJ:L113/1/2018) amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 540/2011 as regards the extension of the approval periods of the active substances bromuconazole, buprofezin, haloxyfop-P and napropamide

This Regulation amends the approval periods of active substances listed in the Annex to the Regulation (EU) 540/2011, implementing Regulation (EC) 1107/2009 in order to extend the approval periods of several active substances.
As such, the approval periods of the following active substances have been extended as follows:

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Regulation (EU) 669/2018 (OJ:L115/1/2018) amending, for the purposes of its adaptation to technical and scientific progress, Regulation (EC) 1272/2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures

This Regulation amends Annex 6 to Regulation (EC) 1272/2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP).
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Regulation (EC) 1272/2008 aims to ensure a high level of protection of human health and the environment, as well as the free movement of such substances, mixtures and articles.
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Regulation (EU) 676/2018 (OJ:L114/8/2018) correcting Commission Regulation (EU) 546/2011 implementing Regulation (EC) 1107/2009 as regards uniform principles for evaluation and authorisation of plant protection products

This Regulation amends Regulation (EU) 546/2011, implementing Regulation (EC) 1107/2009 as regards uniform principles for evaluation and authorisation of plant protection products, in order to correct an error in the Annex.
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Regulation (EU) 675/2018 (OJ:L114/4/2018) amending the Appendices to Annex 17 to Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) as regards CMR substances

This Regulation amends the Appendices to Annex 17 of Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) as regards CMR substances.
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Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 aims to make those who manufacture, market and use chemicals responsible for understanding and managing their associated risks.
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Regulation (EU) 691/2018 (OJ:L117/6/2018) approving the basic substance Talc E553B in accordance with Regulation (EC) 1107/2009 concerning the placing of plant protection products on the market, and amending the Annex to Regulation (EU) 540/2011

This Regulation approves Talc E553B as a basic substance and consequently amends the Annex to Regulation (EU) 540/2011, which implements Regulation (EC) 1107/2009 as regards the list of approved active substances, by adding Talc E553B to the list of substances approved under Regulation (EC) 1107/2009.
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Regulation (EU) 660/2018 (OJ:L110/122/2018) renewing the approval of the active substance bentazone in accordance with Regulation (EC) 1107/2009 on the placing of plant protection products on the market

This Regulation specifies that the approval of the active substance bentazone is renewed, subject to specific provisions, and amends the Annex to Regulation (EU) 540/2011, which implements Regulation (EC) 1107/2009 as regards the list of approved active substances.
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Regulation (EU) 692/2018 (OJ:L117/9/2018) renewing the approval of the active substance zoxamide in accordance with Regulation (EC) 1107/2009 concerning the placing of plant protection products on the market, and amending the Annex to Regulation (EU) 540/2011

This Regulation renews the approval of the active substance zoxamide, and amends the Annex to Regulation (EU) 540/2011, which implements Regulation (EC) 1107/2009 as regards the list of approved active substances.
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Decision 2018/684/EU (OJ:L116/47/2018) amending Implementing Decision (EU) 2016/2323 to update the European List of ship recycling facilities pursuant to Regulation (EU) 1257/2013

This Decision amends Decision (EU) 2016/2323 establishing the European List of ship recycling facilities pursuant to Regulation (EU) 1257/2013 on ship recycling.
The Annex to Decision (EU) 2016/2323 sets out the notified ship recycling facilities which are compliant with the relevant requirements of Regulation (EU) 1257/2013.
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