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Campaigners to hold Lawrence fire meeting
7:10am Thursday 15th August 2013 in News
A PUBLIC meeting will be held to address health concerns and the authorities’ response to the major blaze at Lawrence Recycling.
The Wyre Forest branch of the Green Party, Wyre Forest Friends of the Earth and Hereford and Worcester Action Group, which is campaigning against the Hartlebury incinerator, will join forces to host the meeting on Thursday, September 19.
It will take place at the Cornerstone Family Church, Stourport at 7pm.
It is hoped the meeting will address concerns of anyone who signed the petition for further testing for dioxins and PCBs, which are chemicals released from burning plastic at the blaze in Kidderminster.
Wyre Forest District Council said it would carry out sampling for dioxins at the beginning of July but has yet to publish the results.
The blaze broke out at Lawrence’s Stourport Road site on Sunday, June 16 and was finally put out last week.
Green Party parliamentary spokesman Stephen Brown said: “We’re concerned about the Lawrence fire and the impact on health.
“It wasn’t the first time that Lawrence’s had a fire and there’s about 17 similar fires in several months at recycling facilities across the West Midlands.
“It seems quite obvious to us there’s a regulatory gap there that needs to be addressed.”
The meeting will also discuss the similarities between the potential impact on health from the Lawrence Recycling fire and the Hartlebury incinerator.
Mr Brown added: “One of the things to be discussed is how the authorities respond to such incidents.
"The authorities were a bit slow at getting on top of the game. They never held a public meeting. There seemed to be a complete lack of co-ordination.
“It’s taken the best part of two months to put the fire out. You can understand the environmental concerns but it has come down to who will pay for it.”
A spokesman for Wyre Forest District Council said: “The agencies that have worked together to deal with the fire at Lawrence Recycling have published full data from air quality monitoring tests todate.
“Further tests were carriedout for a range of substances, including dioxins and PCBs in July. The data is currently being analysed and interpreted.
"All reports will be published with interpretation from Public Health England as soon as possible.
“The agencies have previously made clear that steps will be taken to seek to recover relevant costs in dealing with the incident at Lawrence Recycling.”
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