HC Deb 21 October 1994 vol 248 c349W
Mr. Llew Smith

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what assessment he has made of the report released by the United States Environmental Protection Agency in September on the dangers posed by dioxins; and what effect the findings of the report will have on his Department's policy on the incineration of(a) polychlorinated biphenyls and (b) other dioxin—contaminated wastes.

Mr. Atkins

The Government welcome the EPA's action in preparing this report, a substantial document of over 2,000 pages. It is still a preliminary draft, on which the EPA is inviting comments, and it will not be finalised until autumn 1995. We are considering all the implications of the report including any that there may be for the incineration of waste.