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Air Pollution: Health Hazards

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 216112, tabled on 4 February 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the report entitled, Statement on the evidence for differential health effects of particulate matter according to source or component, published by COMEAP in March 2015, if he will direct (a) Public Health England and (b) COMEAP to commission research into the levels of toxicity of particulate matter from different sources.

Answered on

12 February 2019

Public Health England (PHE) and the Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants keeps their advice under review in light of new substantial research on the health effects of incinerators and other particulate emitting processes published in peer review journals, which can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/comeap-reports

To date, PHE is not aware of any evidence that requires a change in its position statement.

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