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The Minister of State, Department of the Environment (Earl Ferrers): Consultation on the draft structure order for Hereford and Worcester produced a number of issues in relation to electoral arrangements which we are still considering. Once these issues have been resolved we will consider when we should bring the order to the House.
Earl Ferrers: Where local authorities are the enforcing authority under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, they have powers under that Act to take samples of the hazardous chemicals; and, where they are the enforcing authority under the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985, they have powers to take samples from containers of pesticides.
Earl Ferrers: Only certain particularly hazardous chemicals, such as pesticides, are subject to statutory approval procedures. Chemicals for which approval has been revoked, and which are required to be discarded as waste, are subject to regulation as controlled waste under Part II of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
It is an offence under Section 33(1) of the 1990 Act to keep or dispose of controlled waste without a waste management licence or contrary to the conditions of an exemption from licensing. It is also an offence under Section 33(1) of the 1990 Act to keep or dispose of controlled waste in a manner likely to cause pollution of the environment or harm to human health. Any person who keeps or disposes of controlled waste is subject to a duty of care under Section 34 of the 1990 Act.
Under Section 59 of the 1990 Act, a local authority has powers to require the removal of controlled waste which has been deposited unlawfully. An inspector appointed by an authority also has powers under Section 70 of the 1990 Act to deal with substances he has reason to believe are a cause of imminent danger of serious environmental pollution or harm to human health.
Earl Ferrers: The effects on human health, animals and the environment following a major spillage of lindane and phenylmercury acetate depend upon the extent of exposure. The risk of exposure is affected by factors such as the amount of the substances spilt, how and where the spill took place and whether remedial action to limit the extent and duration of the spill was applied quickly.
Human exposure to lindane or phenylmercury acetate may cause minor symptoms in the short term, but these would be transient. However, both substances are potentially toxic to animal life, including fish, aquatic macroinvertebrates and soil dwelling insects and worms.
Earl Ferrers: District health authorities are responsible for the monitoring and surveillance of public health in their areas following a major spillage of toxic chemicals. Where necessary, they would seek assistance and advice from specialists on how the surveillance should be conducted and for how long.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food have procedures in place to ensure that swift action can be taken to protect the food chain, which is based on a detailed assessment of the risk of exposure and consequences for human and domestic animal health. Where the incident resulted in pollution of the water environment, the National Rivers Authority would monitor the water quality and the effects on aquatic life. In all cases, monitoring would continue until the concentrations of toxic substances had declined to levels not considered to pose an unacceptable risk.
(a) a farmer's tractor capable of towing a semi-trailer to carry 28 tonnes;
(b) an articulated lorry carrying up to 28 tonnes.
|Rates for tractive unit with 2 axles||Rates for tractive unit with 3 or more axles|
|Any no. of semi-trailer axles||2 or more semi-trailer axles||3 or more semi-trailer axles||Any no. of semi-trailer axles||2 or more semi-trailer axles||3 or more semi-trailer axles|
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