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Opencast Sites

Volume 448: debated on Wednesday 28 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment has been made of health effects on people living close to open-cast sites; and whether differences have been observed in health effects during different seasons of the year. (80422)

No assessment has been made since 1999 when a statement appertaining to the possible effects of exposure to particles generated by open-cast mining was placed on the committee on medical aspects of air pollution’s (COMEAP) website. No assessment of seasonal factors has been made. The COMEAP opinion may be found on the COMEAP’s website at:

www.advisorybodies.doh.gov.uk/comeap/.