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Renewable Energy: Waste

Volume 493: debated on Thursday 4 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) whether his Department has received any representations on whether the reference to fuels manufactured from waste in the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2007 Schedule 1, Part 2, Section 1.1 reflects the Court of Appeal ruling in the OSS Group v. Environment Agency case; and if he will make a statement; (275101)

(2) whether his Department has received any representations on whether the reference to fuels manufactured from waste in the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2007 Schedule 1, Part 2, Section 1.1 means that used cooling oil should be treated as a virgin oil if it has met the Carnwath test as set by the Environment Agency.

DEFRA officials have received correspondence from representatives of companies whose business involves the processing of waste to produce fuels about issues arising from the Court of Appeal ruling in the case of OSS Group v. Environment Agency. Officials at the Environment Agency have also held meetings with the companies concerned to discuss these issues. The Government's response to the amendment of the Environmental Permitting (England Wales) Regulations 2007 in the light of the Court's decision is still being considered.