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Radioactive Waste

Volume 83: debated on Friday 19 July 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list the representations he has received at his London office, his regional office and in Parliament regarding the dumping of radioactive waste at Lumns Lane tip at Agecroft; if he will arrange for an inquiry to be held into the problems at the site; if he will meet again with objectors and local authorities; and if he will make a statement.

Since my previous answer to the hon. Member for Eccles on 15 January 1985 (vol. 71, c. 98) the Department has received 10 representations, five to Parliament and five to its London office, expressing concern about the disposal at Lumns Lane of low-level radioactive waste arising in Greater Manchester. These representations have been considered, but my right hon. Friend remains satisfied that the authorised disposals can be safely and appropriately made. No occasion is seen to hold a public inquiry at this stage, or to reopen consideration of the matter.