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Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Fracking: Air Pollution (12 Nov 2018)

Therese Coffey: The Environment Agency requires monitoring of the environmental conditions at shale gas sites before operations can start in accordance with the environmental permit granted. This provides a valuable evidence base to compare against monitoring results taken during and after operations. The type and period of monitoring required after decommissioning is determined on a site by site basis. It...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Fracking: Air Pollution (12 Nov 2018)

Therese Coffey: The report, “Potential Air Quality Impacts of Shale Gas Extraction in the UK”, prepared by the Air Quality Expert Group (AQEG) was published on 27 July and no further assessment of air quality impacts from this activity has been carried out. However, in line with the AQEG recommendations, the Environment Agency (EA) continues to monitor air quality around identified exploration...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Fracking: Lancashire (12 Nov 2018)

Therese Coffey: Environmental permits issued by the Environment Agency set legally binding conditions. The permit at Preston New Road allows for hydraulic fracturing fluid that returns to the surface, known as flowback fluid, to be reused and recycled onsite in the process. Flowback fluid that cannot be recycled will become waste, and must be taken offsite for treatment at appropriately licensed waste water...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Fracking: Lancashire (12 Nov 2018)

Therese Coffey: The Environment Agency has been carrying out regular inspections, audits and unannounced spot checks to ensure that Cuadrilla is compliant with the legally binding conditions in the environmental permit. Cuadrilla had a small number of non-compliances with their environmental permit in 2017, mostly for procedural matters. This is not uncommon for industrial sites after site inspections and...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Fly-tipping (12 Nov 2018)

Therese Coffey: The Government is committed to tackling fly-tipping. We have given local authorities the power to issue fixed penalty notices for small scale fly-tipping and enhanced local authorities’ and the Environment Agency’s ability to search and seize the vehicles of suspected fly-tippers. Earlier this year we consulted on giving local authorities and the Environment Agency the power to...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Biodiversity (12 Nov 2018)

Therese Coffey: Defra spend on biodiversity in England was £278m in 2015/16; and £258m in 2016/17. Figures for 2017/18 are still being compiled for publication, and should be available in July 2019 as part of our update of our Biodiversity Indicators. These figures include a proportion of the total expenditure on agri-environment schemes (55% – the proportion that is assessed to directly...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Birds of Prey: Conservation (12 Nov 2018)

Therese Coffey: All wild birds are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, which provides a powerful framework for the conservation of wild birds, their eggs, nests and habitats. There are no plans to introduce vicarious liability in England for offences related to wildlife crime.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Solid Fuels: Heating (9 Nov 2018)

Therese Coffey: Earlier this year, my Department set out our proposals to reduce the emissions of harmful particulate matter from the domestic burning of solid fuels, the largest source in the UK. The Irish Government has enacted similar proposals to ours; namely the phasing out of house coal for use in domestic properties in favour of cleaner manufactured solid fuel, often known as “smokeless...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Motor Vehicles and Technology: Exhaust Emissions (8 Nov 2018)

Therese Coffey: Within Government, The Department for Transport has responsibility regarding emissions standards in vehicle and technology manufacturing and distribution. Defra and the Department for Transport work together through the Joint Air Quality Unit to support local authorities to help deliver the Government’s Air Quality plan on roadside concentration of nitrogen oxides.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Environment Protection: Brazil (8 Nov 2018)

Therese Coffey: The UK and Brazil have a close dialogue on issues of mutual interest and concern, both bilaterally and globally, including on climate and the environment. We are aware of a number of proposals reported during the recent election period. The new Brazilian President takes office on 1 January 2019. It is for the Government of the day to formulate its own policies and it would be inappropriate to...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Litter (8 Nov 2018)

Therese Coffey: We published the Litter Strategy for England in April 2017, setting out our aim to clean up the country and deliver a substantial reduction in litter and littering within a generation. We have launched the Litter Innovation Fund to support councils and communities in the development and evaluation of innovative approaches to tackling litter. From April 2018, we have also increased the maximum...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Birds: Conservation (7 Nov 2018)

Therese Coffey: We have not received any representations on protecting the bittern under phase one of the 2016 Special Protection Area (SPA) Review. We have however received an SPA review phase two report from the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, which sets out potential options to address the insufficiencies identified in the phase one report. Officials are currently considering the implications of...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Beverage Containers: Recycling (7 Nov 2018)

Therese Coffey: As set out by the chancellor in the Budget, the government has concluded that a levy on the production of all disposable cups would not be effective at this time and therefore is not considering exemptions for recyclable coffee cups. The Government will look at the best way to tackle the environmental impact of cups in the upcoming Resources and Waste Strategy.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Solid Fuels: Heating (7 Nov 2018)

Therese Coffey: Earlier this year, the Department set out our proposals to reduce the emissions of harmful particulate matter from the domestic burning of solid fuels, the largest source in the UK. Our consultation received over 500 responses, and officials are currently analysing the responses. We will publish our response to this consultation by the end of the year. Our proposals relate solely to the...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Exmoor National Park (6 Nov 2018)

Therese Coffey: The Exmoor National Park Authority has not sought a legal opinion on expanding its present boundaries from Defra. It would be for Exmoor National Park Authority to seek its own legal advice on this matter. Ministers are not aware if it has sought such advice from elsewhere.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Solid Fuels: Heating (6 Nov 2018)

Therese Coffey: We have received approximately 500 responses to the consultation on cleaner domestic burning of solid fuels and wood.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Solid Fuels: Heating (6 Nov 2018)

Therese Coffey: I intend to announce the results of the consultation on cleaner domestic burning of solid fuels and wood in due course.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: CPL Industries (6 Nov 2018)

Therese Coffey: Ministerial meetings with stakeholders are published quarterly on gov.uk here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/ministers-hospital ity-gifts-meetings-overseas-travel. This will list any meetings held between Defra ministers and our stakeholders. No officials met with CPL Ltd. in 2016. Officials met with CPL Ltd. in March, July, August, October and November 2017.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: CPL Industries (6 Nov 2018)

Therese Coffey: I visited the CPL site in Immingham in August 2017 as part of a series of stakeholder visits during summer recess. Officials also attended the visit.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Coal: Prices (6 Nov 2018)

Therese Coffey: In January, we launched a Call for Evidence on the domestic burning of house coal, smokeless coal, manufactured solid fuel and wet wood. Responses from the Call for Evidence included data on the price differential between house coal and smokeless briquettes and have been used to inform our analysis.


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