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Incinerators: Health Hazards

Question for Department of Health

UIN HL3533, tabled on 23 November 2017

To ask Her Majesty's Government why Public Health England (PHE) commissioned research into possible links between municipal waste incinerators and health outcomes; and why PHE stated that “it is important to stress that PHE's position that well run and regulated modern waste incinerators are not a significant risk to public health remains valid” prior to publication of that research.

Answered on

5 December 2017

Public Health England (PHE) has commissioned a study to extend the evidence base further as to whether emissions from modern municipal waste incinerators affect human health.

From the outset of this study, PHE highlighted that its current position, that well run and regulated modern waste incinerators are not a significant risk to public health, remains valid.

PHE will review its advice in light of new substantial research on the health effects of incinerators published in peer reviewed journals. To date, PHE is not aware of any evidence that requires a change in their position statement.