Incinerators: Health Hazards

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 11th March 2009.

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Photo of Andrew Smith Andrew Smith Labour, Oxford East

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will consult (a) stakeholders, (b) experts and (c) other bodies on procedures for H14 ecotoxicity testing of incinerator bottom ash.

Photo of Jane Kennedy Jane Kennedy Minister of State (Farming and the Environment), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

holding answer 12 February 2009

Incinerator bottom ash is not tested directly for ecotoxicity as this would involve unnecessary expense and unwarranted animal testing. Instead, chemical analysis is undertaken using standard methods and the ash is assessed for ecotoxicity by reference to the criteria for levels of dangerous substances given in the Environment Agency's Technical Guidance WM2 "Hazardous waste: interpretation of the definition and classification of hazardous waste, 2nd edition, version 2.2". The Environment Agency has been working with the Environmental Services Association to ensure that the procedures used to assess incinerator bottom ash are both robust and technically appropriate.

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