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Asbestos: Soil Guidance Values

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 15 January 2009

18. To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the Environment Agency on the publication of soil guidance values on asbestos. (247645)

DEFRA officials have been in regular communication with the Environment Agency about the ongoing development of contaminated land guidance. The Environment Agency has been working closely with the Health and Safety Laboratory and the Health and Safety Executive to develop guidance on the investigation and analysis of asbestos in soil which it plans to consult on in the first half of 2009. It is likely that this guidance will supersede the proposed Soil Guideline Value.