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Volume 501: debated on Tuesday 24 November 2009

24. To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has (a) conducted and (b) commissioned any recent research on the effects of the operation of incinerators on the health of local residents. (300162)

The Department is neither commissioning nor conducting any research in this area currently.

The Health Protection Agency has recently reviewed the latest research on the health effects of modern municipal waste incinerators. They concluded that, while it is not possible to rule out adverse health effects completely, any potential damage from modern, well-run and regulated incinerators is likely to be so small that it would be undetectable.