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Wetlands: Jersey

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 27th June 2012.

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Photo of Alan Meale Alan Meale Labour, Mansfield

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

(1) what steps she plans to take to tackle pollution at the Jersey Ramsar site;

(2) what information her Department holds on the recent polluting of the Jersey Ramsar site and on any contribution from the building of a new incinerator adjacent to other Ramsar sites.

Photo of Richard Benyon Richard Benyon The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Responsibility for the management and protection of Ramsar sites in Jersey rests with the relevant authorities in the States of Jersey. However, DEFRA holds the overall administrative authority for Ramsar in the UK and its Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies, and is therefore responsible for liaison with these authorities and ensuring that such incidents are reported to the Ramsar Secretariat. I am advised that these authorities are unaware of any recent significant pollution incidents at any of its four Ramsar sites.

In 2008, complaints were made to both the Jersey authorities and DEFRA about the impact of the construction of an energy from waste plant on the south-east coast of Jersey Ramsar site. An investigation by the Jersey authorities revealed no evidence of significant damage to the site. As a result of that investigation DEFRA holds the following documentation, copies of which have been placed in the House Library.

States of Jersey—Energy from Waste Plant and the Environment Scrutiny Panel's Review of the Planning Process.

Bioscan report—Energy from Waste Plant and Ramsar Review of Planning Process.

States of Jersey—Energy from Waste Plant and Ramsar: Review of Planning Process (S.R. 1/2010)—Response of the Minister for Planning and Environment.

DEFRA response to the Ramsar Secretariat Re South East Coast of Jersey, Channel Islands Ramsar site (No. 1043)—UK decision on the requirement of an Article 3.2 Report.

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