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Investigations after Swindon waste fire continue

Public hearings are likely to be held in Jan 2015 looking into the Swindon waste plant fire and how future incidents can be prevented and handled better.

The fire began at Averies Recycling in Marshgate in July and burned for eight weeks

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Firefighters to remain at Swindon fire for several days

The fire at Averies Recycling Centre in Marshgate has been burning since Monday afternoon. Credit: ITV News West Country

Firefighters are expected to remain at the scene of a fire in Swindon for the next few days after a thousand tonnes of rubbish caught alight.

Six crews were called to Averies Recycling Centre just before six yesterday evening.

Smoke is continuing to rise from the site, which is being monitored by Public Health England and the Environment Agency. They say there is no impact on public health but residents are being advised to keep their windows shut, especially if they suffer from breathing problems.

There have been a number of large-scale mixed waste fires during recent months which have led to Air Quality Cells being established because of the duration and potential impact on public health.

Today’s monitoring shows brief spikes in levels of particulate matter but, overall, levels are below the point at which they may impact public health.

Our analysis of other pollutants has not identified any potential for an impact on public health. We continue to advise that people in the affected areas should minimise their exposure to the smoke where possible.

– Environment Agency spokesperson

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