Waste Disposal: Health Hazards

Health written question – answered on 8th September 2014.

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Photo of Derek Twigg Derek Twigg Labour, Halton

To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the Health Protection Agency study on the health effects of emissions from municipal waste incinerators to be published.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

In January 2012, the Health Protection Agency, whose functions were transferred to Public Health England (PHE) on 1 April 2013, approved funding for the study.

It was originally envisaged that preliminary results for this study on the health effects of emissions from municipal waste incinerator would be available by March 2014 but because of unanticipated complexity in gathering both emissions and health data this has been delayed. A paper with preliminary results is now expected to be published in 2015.

PHE’s position that well run and regulated modern municipal waste incinerators are not a significant risk to public health remains valid, and the study is being carried out to extend the evidence base and to provide further information to the public on this subject.

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