HC Deb 22 May 1991 vol 191 c512W
Mr. Steinberg

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list the number of industrial sites known to his Department which emit chromium compounds into the atmosphere; and what is the damage to public health from these substances.

Mr. Baldry

The major potential sources of chromium emissions must be registered on behalf of the Secretary of State for the Environment by Her Majesty's inspectorate of pollution under the Alkali etc. Works Regulation Act 1906.

Certificates of registration have been issued for the following such works.

Name of discharger and Location

  • Ferro-Alloys and Metals Limited—Glossop, Derbyshire
  • Murex Limited—Rainham, Essex
  • Harcros Chemicals UK Limited—Eaglescliffe, Cleveland
  • London & Scandinavia Metallurgical Co. Limited—
Rotherham, South Yorkshire

Additionally a number of industrial processes may emit small quantities of chromium. Such processes will be progressively controlled, under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, during the next five years.

The effect of airborne emissions of chromium compounds on public health is a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health.