Research and analysis

Environmental impact of controlled burns

This project looks to develop policy on controlled burns and to establish workable guidelines on when controlled burn may be appropriate.

Documents

Environmental Impact of Controlled Burns

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Environmental Impact of Controlled Burns

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Environmental Impact of Controlled Burns

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Detail

The Best Practical Environmental Option (BPEO) principle can be applied to pollution releases from fires at sites storing substances hazardous to the environment. In purely BPEO terms, the appropriate fire-fighting response is the one having the smallest overall environmental impact over all media (air, land and water). The concept of the controlled-burn tactic has developed and involves a restricted or controlled use of water or foam on fires to reduce potential environmental impacts of chemicals and contaminated firewater runoff. The Environment Agency wishes to develop policy on controlled burns and to establish workable guidelines on when controlled burn may be appropriate.