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Nuclear Waste

Volume 229: debated on Thursday 22 July 1993

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if she will list the current and planned programmes undertaken by her Department to monitor the effect of the thermal oxide reprocessing plant's aerial and marine discharges on (a) seals and other marine mammals and (b) sea birds; and if she will make it her policy to publish the results of the monitoring undertaken at regular intervals.

A decision on whether THORP should be allowed to operate will not be made until after the further consultation announced on 28 June by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment has been completed. In the light of that decision, I will review the need, if any, for changes to my Department's already extensive environmental monitoring programmes. The results of these programmes are reported annually and copies are placed in the Library of the House.