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What assessment they have made of the risks to human health, food standards and the world environment posed by the use by the state-controlled cotton sector in Uzbekistan of organophosphate defoliant butifos and other toxic chemicals, described in the Environmental Justice Foundation's report The Deadly Chemicals in Cotton. [HL3902]
The Minister of State, Department of Health (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): We have not made any assessment of the risks to human health posed by the use of organophosphate defoliant butifos and other toxic chemicals in Uzbekistan.
Whether the Environmental Protection Agency produces a standard for the residue of anaerobic digesters which can be sold; and whether that product still falls under the waste disposal regulations. [HL4062]
The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Rooker): The Environment Agency (EA) is currently developing a standard for anaerobic digestate, with a view to providing greater regulatory certainty on the issue of when this material has been fully recovered and has ceased to be waste for the purposes of the Waste Framework Directive (WFD). The EA is the main competent authority for the purposes of implementing the WFD in England and Wales.
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