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Waste Management: Brofiscin Quarry

Volume 702: debated on Monday 16 June 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the Environment Agency Wales has selected and published a remediation option for Brofiscin Quarry; and, if so, whether they will place a copy in the Library of the House. [HL3911]

I am informed by the Environment Agency Wales that the Environment Agency has identified a remediation solution it would recommend for Brofiscin Quarry. This involves the treatment of polluted surface water and continued monitoring of surface and groundwater. An executive summary of the remediation options appraisal will soon be available on the Environment Agency's website. A CD of the full appraisal is available on request. I will place a hardcopy of the summary and the CD in the Library of the House.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the Environment Agency Wales has decided upon a list of “appropriate persons” in relation to remediation works at Brofiscin Quarry; if so, who they are; and whether they will be required to contribute to the costs of remediation. [HL3912]

I am informed by the Environment Agency Wales that the Environment Agency has not yet formally concluded its “appropriate person” determination in respect of Brofiscin Quarry. It expects to do so shortly in compliance with the relevant legislation and statutory guidance. Encouraging voluntary remediation is an important objective of the contaminated land regime and the Environment Agency is currently exploring opportunities for such an approach.