The fire at a waste storage facility near to Llandow in the Vale of Glamorgan has now been extinguished.
South Wales Fire and Rescue Service left the scene of the fire on 16 March, having declared the incident closed. A multiagency response to the fire has been underway since 02 March.
Area Manager Dewi Rose, Head of Operations for South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Throughout the incident, we put in place close working operations with Siteserve demolition personnel, NRW, Welsh Water and other stakeholders in order to extinguish the fire, reduce air pollution, minimise the risk to the local community, protect the environment and allow business continuity in the greater Llandow area.
“I want to thank the crews from across the Service who delivered a professional and committed approach to tackling the incident for its duration, as well as to the site owners and our partner agencies for their support in bringing this incident to a successful close.”
Although the fire is now extinguished smoke from the site has not yet fully dispersed and may still be visible in the surrounding area.
During the course of the multiagency response the Public Health Wales Environmental Public Health Team advised anyone experiencing coughing, wheezing, breathlessness or chest pain after exposure to the smoke that these symptoms should pass quickly. However, if symptoms did persist or local residents were concerned about their health then they should contact their GP or call NHS Direct 0845 4647.
It is not expected that exposure to the smoke will lead to any long-term health problems.
Natural Resources Wales (NRW) initially served a suspension notice as an emergency response to prevent further waste coming to the site. This has now been partially lifted for some pre-segregated recyclate waste to be accepted at the site.
Nadia De Longhi, Operations Manager for Natural Resources Wales, said:
“We play a key role in keeping communities safe. Our regulatory controls remain in place to ensure the operator takes the necessary steps to protect people and the environment.
“We will now undertake a full investigation, in cooperation with South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, and consider any appropriate enforcement action.”
All local roads have now reopened.