asked the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) whether environmental impact analysis has been used by his Department in assessing any major building project; and if he will list such projects;(2) whether environmental impact analysis will be utilised by his Department and inspectors acting for his Department at public inquiries into sites for the building of future nuclear power stations.
An appropriate appraisal of the likely environmental consequences is made whenever my Department considers planning applications for major developments. The technique of environmental impact analysis can play a part in suitable cases.
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether environmental impact analysis will be utilised in assessing the proposal to deposit high level radioactive wastes in geological formations.
If, after consideration in possibly 10 years' time of alternative methods of disposal, the Government of the day decided to proceed with the development of a demonstration repository for the disposal of high level radioactive waste, the environmental effects of any proposal would be thoroughly investigated.