New clause 8 - Strategies for incineration: Northern Ireland

Waste and Emissions Trading Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 5:51 pm on 8th April 2003.

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'.—(1) The Department of the Environment must have a strategy for—

(a) Placing a moratorium on the building of new incinerators until a review is completed of the health and environmental impacts of incineration and other thermal treatments of waste.

(b) Reducing the amount of waste that is sent for incineration at existing sites.

(c) Extending the landfill tax to incorporate incineration.

(2) Before formulating policy for the purposes of subsection (1), the Department must—

(a) consult the Secretary of State, the Scottish Ministers and the National Assembly for Wales,

(b) consult such bodies or persons appearing to it to be representative of the interests of local government as it considers appropriate,

(c) consult such bodies or persons appearing to it to be representative of the interests of industry as it considers appropriate, and

(d) carry out such public consultation as it considers appropriate.

(3) The Department must set out in a statement any policy formulated for the purposes of subsection (1).

(4) The Department must, as soon as a statement is prepared for the purposes of subsection (3), send a copy of it to—

(a) the Secretary of State,

(b) the Scottish Ministers, and

(c) the National Assembly for Wales.'.