Air Pollution: Health Hazards

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 8th February 2019.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of David Drew David Drew Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information Public Health England holds on research on the health effects of emissions of perfluorooctanoic acid from waste incinerators.

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

Public Health England holds little information on emissions of perfluorooctanoic acid from waste incinerators, and no papers on any potential associated health effects.

The available literature suggests that perfluorinated chemicals are destroyed as part of the incineration process, and nor does combustion lead to formation of perfluorooctanoic acid. As such incineration is not expected to be a source of this substance in the environment and there would not be a pathway through which health effects could occur.

Does this answer the above question?

Yes0 people think so

No0 people think not

Would you like to ask a question like this yourself? Use our Freedom of Information site.