Incinerators: Health Hazards

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 23rd November 2018.

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Photo of Derek Twigg Derek Twigg Labour, Halton

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 24 July 2018 to Question 164870 on Incinerators: Health Hazards, when those papers will be published.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Public Health England funded the Small Area Health Statistics Unit, and King’s College London, to carry out a study to further extend the evidence base as to whether emissions from modern municipal waste incinerators affect human health.

The first of a series of papers from this study was published on 22 November 2018. The paper ‘Fetal growth, stillbirth, infant mortality and other birth outcomes near UK municipal waste incinerators; retrospective population based cohort and case-control study’ is available to view at the following link:

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0160412018316398

The paper found no evidence of a link between exposure to particulate matter emitted from modern municipal waste incinerators as modelled from emissions data, or living close to modern municipal waste incinerators, and infant mortality, low birth weight, still birth or the other birth outcomes investigated.

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