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Draft National Policy Statement for Hazardous Waste - further information

Background to inquiry

This inquiry examines the Government’s proposal for a National Policy Statement (NPS) for Hazardous Waste, published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 14 July.

The Hazardous Waste NPS sets out the proposed policy framework to inform planning decisions on applications for large hazardous waste infrastructure projects.

The Committee’s scrutiny focussed on the following four areas:

  • Responses to the questions in the Department’s consultation;
  • Do the general planning principles set out in the proposal for a National Policy Statement for Hazardous Waste form a coherent, appropriate, proportionate and practical framework within which the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) and other planners can asses future planning applications for hazardous waste infrastructure?
  • Are the sustainability and environmental criteria outlined in the draft Hazardous Waste NPS appropriate, proportionate and practical?  and
  • Have issues or principles which should have been included in the draft Hazardous Waste NPS been left out?

Report

The Report was published on Wednesday 14 December 2011:

Vol I - Report and oral evidence and printed written evidence (html version)   (pdf version)

Virtual Vol II - Additional written evidence received (html version)  (pdf version)

Oral evidence

The transcripts of the sessions listed below are published with the Report.

Tuesday 11 October 2011 -  Watch the session on Parliament Live TV

Witnesses: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) - Lord Taylor of Holbeach, Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Sabine Mosner – Deputy Director Waste Strategy and Regulation, Andy Howarth – Head of Hazardous and International Waste, Alison Gadsby – Senior Hazardous Waste Policy Adviser

Wednesday 14 September 2011 - Watch the session on Parliament Live TV

Witnesses: The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management- Jan Gronow, Vice Chair, Waste Management Technical Panel; and The Environment Agency-Ed Mitchell, Director of Environment and Business, Andrew Coleman, Senior Environment and Business Advisor (Planning) and Gill Ross-Jones, Senior Environment and Business Advisor (Waste and Illegals)

Wednesday 7 September 2011 - Listen to session on Parliament Live TV

Witmesse: Environmental Services Association (ESA) - Matthew Farrow, Director of Policy, ESA, Gill Weeks, Regulatory Affairs Director, Veolia Environmental Services (UK) Plc, and Gene Wilson, Group Technical Director, Augean Plc

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