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Wood Treatment

Volume 116: debated on Friday 15 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether, in the light of recent water pollution incidents involving the leakage of toxic chemicals for the pre-treatment of wood, he will take steps to strengthen the regulations covering the location, design and operation of premises such as timber treatment plants.

The Department is considering the introduction of regulations covering the precautions to be taken in order to prevent harmful material from polluting water. Discussions are due to take place with water authorities on the scope of these regulations and consultations with interested parties will then follow.The Department is also commissioning a special investigation of pollution problems arising from timber treatment plants.