By Oliver Hall
The owners of a large tyres recycling plant which burnt down last year are facing legal action by the Environment Agency for causing pollution.
Bosses of the tyres recycling company Murfitts Industries Ltd have been ordered to appear before Ely Magistrates to face one charge under the 1990 Environmental Protection Act, according to a news report in the Wisbech Standard.
The charge against the company alleges that on or before August 21 last year at Wisbech Road, Littleport, they did “treat, keep or dispose of controlled waste in a manner likely to cause pollution of the environment or harm to human health”.
The company, now relocated to one of their other depots in Lakenheath, has been closed since August of last year after 200 tonnes of rubber material caught fire, causing huge plumes of smoke to billow from the site for weeks.
The fire at the company’s Littleport factory destroyed the processing plant, offices and stock on site.
Murfitts Industries operated a recycling plant that converted waste tyres into a number of shredded rubber products for a range of uses, including all weather exercise surfaces for horses and playground safety surfacing.
The operator held a permit from the Environment Agency to carry out this activity and would have been regularly inspected by its staff.
Following the blaze the Environment Agency response involved opening an incident room at its Ely Office and called in specialist air quality monitoring consultants to sample air quality in the affected area.