Following a site meeting on Tuesday (28 November 2017) at a recycling site in Bawsey, King’s Lynn, representatives from the Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, the Environment Agency and the Police have issued an update on the situation:
Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) have been on scene since 19:15 on Monday 27 November dealing with the fire and the other agencies involved will continue to monitor the situation and issue advice to the public, businesses and organisations affected as necessary.
NFRS will oversee a controlled burn. Due to the quantities of material involved it is difficult to put a definitive time frame on how long this will take, but it's estimated that it could burn for up to a week. This will be reviewed as the incident continues. Firefighters will remain on site 24 hours per day during the controlled burn.
Environmental Health staff from the borough council will be undertaking regular visits to assess any potential impact of the plume on the local community
To date no signs of pollution have been observed in the local rivers and ground water. The Environment Agency will continue to attend the site and monitor the environment.
Dr David Edwards, Consultant in Health Protection, Public Health England East advises:
Anyone with health concerns is advised to contact their GP or contact the NHS 111 service out of hours.