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Pollution

Volume 164: debated on Thursday 21 December 1989

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list in the Official Report the appeals under section 10 of the Control of Pollution Act 1974 currently under consideration by his Department; how many decisions have been issued since 27 July; and what steps he is taking to increase the speed of progress.

Following is a list of the appeals currently under consideration showing the dates they were first lodged. Three decisions have been issued since 27 July. Internal reorganisation of staff will allow greater priority to be given to these appeals in future, and changes have also been made to the various administrative procedures in order to speed up the decision-making process.

Date
Empire Brickworks, Stubbers Green Road, Aldridge, Walsall1 June 1982
Seal Sands Terminal, Seal Sands, Cleveland26 June 1984
Empire Brickworks, 51, Stubbers Green Road, Aldridge, Walsall8 September 1986
Empire Brickworks, 231, Stubbers Green Road, Aldridge, Walsall8 September 1986
Empire Brickworks, 323, Stubbers Green Road, Aldridge, Walsall8 September 1986
Empire Brickworks, 324, Stubbers Green Road, Aldridge, Walsall8 September 1986
East Tilbury (1) East Tilbury, Essex26 March 1987
Aveley Clay Pit 2 and 3, Sandy Lane, Aveley, Essex10 July 1987
Auckland Road, Leyton, LWRA21 July 1987
Charleston Road, Hardley, Hampshire10 August 1987
Gilbey Road, Grimsby, Humberside7 September 1987
Old Railway Cutting, Chesterfield Road, Bolsover, Derbyshire7 December 1987
Unit 3 Hartlepool, Sandgate Industrial Estate, Cleveland7 December 1987
Springwell Hill, Nether Handley, Sheffield9 December 1987
Norwood Industrial Estate, Rotherham Road, Killamarsh, Sheffield3 February 1988
East Tilbury (2), East Tilbury, Essex18 April 1988
Whinfield Farm, Pennington, Cumbria23 June 1988
Munnery's Copse, Worthing, West Sussex27 June 1988
Springwell Hill, Nether Handley, Sheffield1 August 1988
Unit 10 Eddarbridge Industrial Estate, Cheshire19 August 1988
Redbournbury Plant, St Albans, Hertfordshire24 November 1988
Grazebrook Industrial Estate, Stubbers Green Road, Dudley6 January 1989
Leabrook Road, Wednesbury, Sandwell10 January 1989
Butterley Hole, Stubbers Green Road, Aldridge, Walsall6 February 1989
Bakers Hole, Swanscombe, Kent8 March 1989
Martin Earles No. 1, Cuxton, Kent8 March 1989
Martin Earles Pit, Cuxton, Kent8 March 1989
140 Moss Lane, Macclesfield, Cheshire13 March 1989
Grazebrook Estate (2), Stubbers Green Road, Dudley4 May 1989
Mucking Wharf, Mucking, Essex16 May 1989
Offham Quarry, Teston Road, Offham, Kent19 June 1989
Stangate Quarry, Borough Green, Kent19 June 1989
Pluckley Brickworks, Chambers Green, Pluckley, Kent29 June 1989

Date

Vineyard Chalkpit, Rainham, Kent29 June 1989
Stone Pits 5 and 6, Stone, Dartford, Kent29 June 1989
Stone 1 and Atlas Stone, Stone, Dartford, Kent29 June 1989
Heathside Farm, Sandyford, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire3 July 1989
Chesterfield Road, Barlborough, Derbyshire29 August 1989
Barnett and Beddows, Stubbers Green Road, Aldridge, Walsall6 September 1989
Moss Hall Farm, Rixton, Warrington, Cheshire19 September 1989
Moss Hall Farm 2, Rixton, Warrington, Cheshire19 September 1989
Rough Park Quarry, Mill Lane, Upholland, Lancashire9 October 1989
Lumm Farm, Lumb Lane, Littlemoss, Droylesden, Greater Manchester20 October 1989
Halfhead Farm, Shallowford, Stone, Staffordshire17 November 1989
Bell Terminal, Grangetown, Middlesbrough, Cleveland20 November 1989
Jolly Farmer Sand Pit, Guildford Road, Runfold, Surrey21 November 1989
Farnham Sandpit, Alton Road, Farnham, Surrey8 December 1989

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) what action he intends to take following the identification by Her Majesty's inspectors of pollution of local contamination above background levels by polychorinated biphenyls at Ordnance Survey grid reference numbers (a) NY 5151, (b) NZ 5101, (c) NZ 0151, (d) SE 0101 and (e) TR 3666; and if he will make a statement;(2) what action he intends to take following the identification by Her Majesty's inspectors of pollution of local contamination levels of dioxins and furans above the established background levels at Ordnance Survey grid reference numbers

(a) NY 5101. (b) NZ 5151, (c) SE 0101, (d) SE 0151, (e) SU 5101; (f) TQ 0151; (g) TR 0151; (h) SK 0202 and (i) NT 0301; and if he will make a statement.

[holding answer 20 December 1989]: The report by Her Majesty's inspectorate of pollution has shown PCBs, dioxins and furans to be ubiquitous in United Kingdom soils. As expected levels are higher where there is a history of heavy industry and urbanisation. I am, however, informed that the levels of these compounds found at the locations mentioned do not pose a direct risk to human health. Further work will concentrate on sampling around those processes having the potential to release significant amounts of these compounds.