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Institute for Animal Health: Pirbright

Volume 470: debated on Wednesday 23 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what removals of contaminated soil from the Pirbright site have taken place; whether required waste shipment licences were obtained upon each occasion; what steps his Department took to ensure that each removal complied with the relevant waste management regulations; and if he will make a statement. (177563)

There is no evidence that loads of contaminated soil were transported from the Pirbright site, and the area where contamination might have occurred was reported to be cordoned off from the rest of the site on 8 August. However, lorries were driven over the potentially infected area and could therefore have picked up contaminated soil on their tyres. These lorry movements have been mapped and assessed. Full details of the epidemiological investigations into the outbreak can be found on the DEFRA website.