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Sewage: Dumping At Sea

Volume 596: debated on Wednesday 3 February 1999

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether the United Kingdom has stopped all dumping of sewage waste at sea from 1 January 1999; and whether any public announcement has been made of this action. [HL846]

In accordance with the EC Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive and Annex II to the OSPAR Convention 1992, all UK licences permitting the dumping of sewage sludge at sea terminated, at the latest, on 31 December 1998. No sewage sludge has since been dumped at sea. My right honourable friend, the Minister for the Environment, issued a press statement explaining this on 30 December 1998.