By Denna Bowman
Mystery surrounds the ownership of the fire-hit tyre recycling site after it emerged that legal notices had been issued against the firm for failing to comply with permit conditions.
Environment chiefs say that Robin Hood Environmental Ltd has been in liquidation since April.
The tyres recycling site hit the headlines over the weekend when 400,000 tyres caught fire in a major blaze at the site on Friday night.
The Environment Agency confirmed they had issued two notices against the company for non-compliance with permit conditions in April and that they are currently in talks with liquidators Price Waterhouse Coopers about the site.
A spokesman said: “We have had information passed to us in the past and we have taken action and are currently taking action, but cannot discuss this further for legal reasons.”
The revelations by the Environment Agency also shed more light on the history of the site, which has had a permit to accept and sort waste tyres since February 1993.
A licence was originally granted in the name of Warsop Rubber Ltd, which later changed its name to Robin Hood Recycling Ltd.
The Environment Agency says the firm then went into liquidation and the licence was transferred to Robin Hood Environmental Ltd in March 2008, which went into liquidation in April.
A former worker at the site said the fire could have been avoided if environmental chiefs had acted on his advice that it needed a fire risk assessment due to the large number of tyres stored there.
The ex-employee said: “I told them this would happen and it would only be a matter of time, but after several phone calls all I was told that it would cost thousands of pounds to clear the site and they were trying to contact the owner to sort it out,” he said.
“I told them it was a major fire risk to the public and if the wind was in the wrong direction most of Warsop would have to be evacuated. It was all down to money, but how much has it cost using all the resources over a three-day period?”