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Published Discussion Documents and Official Risk Assessments for the 2001 UK Foot-and-Mouth Disease Outbreak
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This document was produced by the Environment Agency as a specific response to the FMD outbreak in the UK in 2001 and was made available on their website.

Foot and mouth disease
May 2001

FMD: Guidance on ash disposal arising from Pyres and mobile incinerators

Ash will normally be left on site and back-covered with soil

If, as part of the clean up, it is necessary to move and bury the ash then this may go ahead within the boundaries of the farm, but as a general rule the movement of ash should be minimised.

Where it is necessary to remove ash arising from sheep, pigs or from cattle born after 1 August 1996, then it can be disposed of to a licensed landfill site, with approval from the landfill operator.

In cases of on-farm incineration by funeral pyre or mobile incinerator, where cattle born before 1 August 1996 have been or are suspected to have been involved, then ash must be subject to an assessment of the options available. If the assessment identifies that the site is not suitable for the disposal of the ash then:

  • the ash must not be taken directly to landfill
  • the ash will require re-incineration at an authorised incinerator
  • the movement of ash on site must be minimised
  • the ash will require storage in sealed containers or temporary covering until incinerator capacity can be arranged
  • transport to incinerator must take place in fully sealed vehicles or containers.
  • appropriate health and safety procedures must be followed when handling or moving ash.

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