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Sewage Sludge

Volume 180: debated on Monday 12 November 1990

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if his Department will amend the terms of the licences to dump sewage sludge granted to Welsh Water plc and Wessex Water plc when they are next reviewed to provide that the dumping must take place to the north-west of Lundy Island; and if he will make a statement.

We have no plans to do so. Disposal sites are very carefully selected and monitored and the site used by Wessex Water and Welsh Water is considered to be the most suitable. The site is swept by strong currents which carry the material away from the north Devon coastline. It is also subject to less commercial offshore fishing than sites to the north-west of Lundy island. There is no evidence of adverse effect on the marine environment or to the coastline from use of this site.