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River Severn

Volume 447: debated on Monday 12 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what studies his Department has evaluated investigating the potential for a build-up of contaminated water in the Severn Estuary up-stream of a proposed barrage scheme; and if he will make a statement. (75606)

The environmental implications of a Severn Barrage, including water quality implications, were considered in detail during the 1980s as part of tripartite studies funded by the then Department of Energy, Central Electricity Generating Board and Severn Tidal Power Group. These studies are reported in “Energy paper 57: The Severn Barrage Project: General Studies (ISBN 0 11 412952 5) HMSO 1989” and associated reports, which can be found at:

http://www.tsoshop.co.uk/bookstore.asp?FO=1159966&Action=Book&ProductlD=0114129525&From=SearchResults

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will list the sources of radioactive (a) wastewater discharged into and (b) runoff into the River Severn; and if he will make a statement. (75608)

The Environment Agency lists the organisations that are currently authorised under the Radioactive Substances Act 1993 to make disposals, either directly or indirectly, to the River Severn or its estuary on its website at:

http://maps.environment-agency.gov.uk/wiyby/wiybyController? extraClause=PROCESS_NAME~'RADIOACTIVE% 20SUBSTANCES'