New clause 12 - Strategies for incineration: Northern Ireland

Waste and Emissions Trading Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 8:55 am on 10th April 2003.

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'.—(1) The Department of the Environment must have a strategy for assessing the environmental and health impacts from incinerators.

(2) The Department of the Environment will set out in legislation:

(a) that all currently operating incinerators will begin continuous monitoring of dioxin emissions;

(b) that waste disposal authorities must produce waste strategies that do not require the building of new incinerators.

(3) Before formulating policy for the purposes of subsections (1) and (2), 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.

(4) The Department must set out in a statement any policy formulated for the purposes of subsections (1) and (2).

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

(a) the Secretary of State,

(b) the Scottish Ministers, and

(c) the National Assembly for Wales.'.