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Toxic Chemicals

Volume 172: debated on Tuesday 15 May 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what information he has received from the National Rivers Authority as to what investigations are taking place into the leakage of highly toxic chemicals into the River Bourne from a timber and building supplies site; what action the Government are taking to ensure that dangerous chemicals are contained in vandal-proof structures; and if he will make a statement.

[holding answer 14 May 1990]: My officials were kept informed on this incident by the National Rivers Authority when it occurred. Since then the authority has been carrying out a full investigation but its report is not yet complete.No decision has yet been made on whether regulations or guidelines on the storage of dangerous substances need to be strengthened.