§ Mr. Darling
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he has received satisfactory assurances from local authorities that sites selected for the dumping of poisonous waste are so situated and controlled as to ensure that there will be no seepage from corroded containers into waterways and no contamination of neighbouring land.
§ Mr. Eldon Griffiths
Local authorities are well aware of the potential dangers of pollution of water by the dumping of poisonous waste. I have no reason to believe that they, and river authorities, are not taking full advantage of the Deposit of Poisonous Waste Act 1972 to exercise such control over the operation of authorised tipping sites as they consider necessary.