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Sewage Sludge Incinerators

Volume 227: debated on Monday 28 June 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many sewage sludge incinerators have been approved for construction; and what proportion of the funding of these incinerators will be borne by (a) the Exchequer and (b) the water companies.

The construction of sewage sludge incinerators is not approved centrally. However, I understand from Her Majesty's inspectorate of pollution that 11 applications from water companies for authorisation of sewage sludge incinerators under part I of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 have been, or are being, considered for approval.None of the funding of any of these incinerators is borne by the Exchequer.