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Sellafield MOX Plant

Mr. Llew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 12 February 2001, Official Report, column 11W, on the Sellafield MOX plant, if he will list the consultants which have been chosen to undertake the review of the revised BNFL economic case for SMP; and if he will place a copy of the BNFL submission in the Library. [151603]

Mr. Meacher: I refer my hon. Friend to my answer of 28 March 2001, Official Report, columns 629-30W. I shall publish the name of any consultants once they are appointed.

Byker Incinerator

Mr. Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will place in the Library the documents that have been used to identify the sites where Byker ash has been deposited. [155392]

Mr. Meacher [holding answer 23 March 2001]: The Environment Agency used the following documents to identify the sites where ash from the Byker Reclamation Plant has been deposited:




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The Agency advise that they are unable to release the documents referred to in (a) and (b) because of the need to avoid prejudicing their current prosecution of the City Council and Contract Heat and Power Ltd. I am arranging for copies of (c) to be placed in the Library.

Mr. Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will list the sites which have (a) received and (b) been cleared of Byker ash. [155378]

Mr. Meacher [holding answer 23 March 2001]: The Environment Agency sought details from Newcastle city council of the sites which had received ash from the Byker Reclamation Plant; and these sites are listed. I have been informed that the ash has now been cleared from all of these sites. However, while the city council's records indicated that ash had been sent to the path beside Feversham School, site inspections by the Agency and the city council did not identify any ash at that site.













































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Mr. Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how many tonnes of Refuse Derived Fuel pellets from the Byker waste plant were delivered to the Cruddas Park residential and shopping complex in Newcastle in each year between 1979 and 2000; and what investigations have been undertaken into the combustion, air emissions and ash-handling at the Cruddas Park complex. [155343]

Mr. Meacher [holding answer 26 March 2001]: The manufacture of fuel pellets at the Byker Refuse Derived Fuel plant ceased in December 1998. I understand that approximately 1,000 tonnes per annum of refuse derived fuel, from the Byker plant, was burned at Cruddas Park between 1989 and 1996. I will write to the hon. Member with specific details as soon as more information is available.

The only investigations into the combustion, air emissions and ash-handling at the Cruddas Park complex were carried out by the operator at the commissioning stage in 1989. I understand that these records no longer exist.

Mr. Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Leominster (Mr. Temple-Morris) of 1 February 2001, Official Report, column 253W, on waste disposal, if he will list the incinerators which exceeded authorised emission limits, indicating the number of times they exceeded the limits for each type of breach; and if he will list successful prosecutions by the Environment Agency in relation to these breaches. [155393]

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Mr. Meacher [holding answer 23 March 2001]: The data upon which the answer was provided for my hon. Friend are presented in the following tables.

The Agency successfully prosecuted Sheffield city council, in respect of its Bernard Road municipal waste incinerator, for failure to comply with an enforcement notice served on 11 January 1999. Following a succession of breaches, the Notice required the Operator to reliably comply with the emission limits into air by 31 March 1999. The Operator was unable to reduce the number of breaches to a level acceptable to the Agency and therefore failed to comply with the Notice. The Operator was successfully prosecuted in Sheffield magistrates court on 8 December 1999. The breaches of emission limits were principally in relation to carbon monoxide although releases of nitrogen oxides and hydrogen chloride also exceeded the limits. The breaches were of short duration and unlikely to have given rise to any measurable environmental impact.

The Environment Agency initially categorises incidents in accordance with environmental impact on four levels, major, significant, minor or none. The enforcement response is driven in general by this judgment of severity. Most breaches of authorisation have minor or no impact and in these cases prosecution has only been used as a last resort where other more proportionate methods, for example serving enforcement notices have not proved successful. However, the Environment Agency appreciates that repeated minor breaches can demonstrate a lack of control and is revising its guidance accordingly. Under this guidance prosecutions will normally be pursued for minor incidents where the operator has shown a history of non-compliance sufficient to call into question the effective management of the site/operation or to prevent effective regulation by the Agency.

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1 January 1996 to 31 December 1998

AirHClSO(7)NOxCOParticulate matterTemperatureIodineMetalsHFDioxins
Dudley MES58100800000
Wolverhampton MES28000100000
Cleveland0000000010
Coventry0000100000
Tyseley9002319000000
Nottingham13231200000
Sheffield74742200000
Stoke MES12113200000
Edmonton1300000000
Lewisham, SELCHP93000000000
Bolton (not operating)0000000000
Total3021134651600000
Annual average(6)101412226------0.3--

(6) Data rounded up to nearest whole number except HF


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1 January 1999 to 31 December 1999

AirHClSO(8)NOxCOParticulate matterTemperatureIodineMetalsHFDioxins
Dudley MES54601000000
Wolverhampton MES231304000000
Cleveland0001100100
Coventry801233000000
Tyseley4000000000
Nottingham6880000000
Sheffield178664100000
Stoke MES19521100000
Edmonton7003000000
Lewisham, SELCHP4210000000
Bolton (not operating)0000000000
Total1424229107300100

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1 January 2000 to 31 December 2000

AirHClSO(8)NOxCOParticulate matterTemperatureIodineMetalsHFDioxins
Dudley MES12020000000
Wolverhampton MES1114200000
Cleveland1001100000
Coventry7004200000
Tyseley5012000000
Nottingham76160000000
Sheffield153522000000
Stoke MES9312000000
Edmonton0006000000
Lewisham SELCHP0010000000
Bolton3000000000
Total60132741500000

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Mr. Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will list the sites which received Byker incinerator ash for use (a) in building bricks, blocks, paving stones and building materials, (b) in public and private roads and streets, (c) in compost, potting soil, growing medium and fertiliser and (d) on farms, livestock/poultry holding sites and feedstuffs companies, indicating the dates on which materials were received and the quantities involved. [155337]

Mr. Meacher [holding answer 26 March 2001]: I have separately provided the hon. Member with a list of the sites which have received ash from the Byker Reclamation Plant (ie paths/bridleways, allotments and farms). I have been advised by the Environment Agency that it has no knowledge of ash from the Plant being used in (a); no knowledge of its use in (b) other than paths/bridleways; and no knowledge of its use in (c) other than where it has become entrained in soil on allotments at which ash has been used for path construction.

In relation to (d), the Agency understands that poultry may have been kept by the plot holders at some of the allotments at which ash was received. Ash was also received at the following farms:




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