Waste Tips

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 1st March 2005.

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Photo of Lindsay Hoyle Lindsay Hoyle Labour, Chorley

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what powers the Environment Agency has to close tips which cause a nuisance for local residents.

Photo of Elliot Morley Elliot Morley Minister of State (Environment and Agri-Environment), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Landfill sites can be closed in the following circumstances:

(i) When the conditions specified in the landfill permit are satisfied (eg the site is full);

(ii) When the Environment Agency approves the initiation of the closure procedures following a request from the operator; or

(iii) By a reasoned decision of the Environment Agency to initiate closure procedures (eg because the requirements of the landfill permit are not being met).

In circumstances where the Environment Agency has taken a reasoned decision in accordance with (iii) above, the agency shall serve a closure notice on the operator of the landfill setting out its reasons for requiring closure. Clearly, adverse impact on the local environment/residents may constitute one of those reasons.

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