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Incinerators: Health Hazards

Volume 470: debated on Wednesday 23 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research (a) his Department and (b) the Health Protection Agency has undertaken on the health effects of the burning of household waste inside the curtilage of domestic dwellings. (176375)

Neither the Department nor the Health Protection Agency has undertaken specific research into burning of household waste inside the curtilage of domestic dwellings.

The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) have policy lead in this area and has carried out research into emissions of dioxins from the burning of domestic waste in 2006.

Further work in estimating dioxin emissions from domestic burning is currently being undertaken by DEFRA. Results from the ongoing work will be due some time this year.