Incinerators: Health Hazards

Department of Health written question – answered on 27th January 2015.

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Photo of Derek Twigg Derek Twigg Labour, Halton

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 8 September 2014 to Question 208139, when he expects the results of the Health Protection Agency findings 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

The results of the study are anticipated to be published towards the end of 2015. A methodological paper was published in 2013[1].

Public Health England’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.

[1] Ashworth, D.C., Fuller, G.W., Toledano, M.B., Font, A., Elliott, P., Hansell, A.L., and de Hoogh, K. Journal of Environmental and Public Health, Volume 2013, Article ID 560342

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