§ Mr. David Clark
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) if he has received information from the chemical waste disposal companies on the location of dumping sites in England and the West Riding;91W
(2) whether he has made inquiries of the firms engaged in the disposal of waste chemicals of the types of chemicals dumped in/on land in England.
§ Mr. Eldon Griffiths
In accordance with my Department's Circular 37/72 issued on 12th April 1972, a review of all waste disposal facilities is being undertaken by local authorities in conjunction with river authorities and the Institute of Geological Sciences. In addition, all persons depositing wastes on land, except those wastes exempted from the procedure by the Secretary of State, are under a statutory duty to notify the appropriate local authorities and river authorities of such deposits under Section 3 of the Deposit of Poisonous Waste Act 1972. Under Section 5 (4) of the Act, local authorities are under a duty to keep records relating to the description and quantities of notifiable waste which are deposited from time to time in their area and the places where such waste is deposited.