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star this property date less than 2020-10-12more like thismore than 2020-10-12
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property hansard heading Fly-tipping more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to tackle the illegal dumping of waste. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Newcastle-under-Lyme more like this
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Aaron Bell more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2020-10-20more like thismore than 2020-10-20
star this property answer text <p>The illegal dumping of waste, including fly-tipping, is an unacceptable blight on local communities and the environment. The government is committed to cracking down on the waste and carelessness that destroys our natural environment and kills marine life. We are also committed to increasing the penalties for fly-tipping.</p><p> </p><p>Over the last five years we have strengthened and expanded the powers available to tackle the illegal dumping of waste. Local authorities have the power to issue fixed penalty notices of up to £400 to those caught fly-tipping or to householders who pass their waste to a fly-tipper. Vehicles of those suspected of committing a waste crime, including illegal dumping, can be searched and seized.</p><p> </p><p>Those accused of illegal dumping can be prosecuted and, on conviction, can face a fine, up to 12 months imprisonment, or both in a Magistrates Court; or a fine, up to 5 years imprisonment, or both, in a Crown Court. Local authorities carried out a total of 2,397 prosecutions for fly-tipping offences in England in 2018/19, an increase of 7% on 2017/18. The value of total fines increased by 29% to £1,090,000 compared to 2017/18.</p><p> </p><p>We have invested £60 million in the Environment Agency’s waste crime enforcement work since 2014. This year’s Budget committed the government to investing £7.2 million in the development of electronic waste tracking, as well as £0.5 million in 2020/21 to support innovative approaches to tackling fly-tipping.</p><p> </p><p>In the Resources and Waste Strategy we committed to reforming the regulation of waste carriers, tightening up the regulation of the waste exemptions regime and improving intelligence sharing and joint working between enforcement agencies. The Joint Unit for Waste Crime, led by the Environment Agency and including the National Crime Agency, HMRC, the Police and others, was established earlier this year and has already had a number of operational successes.</p><p> </p><p>The Environment Bill includes a number of measures to help tackle waste crime. It will enable Government to mandate the use of electronic waste tracking; simplify the process for enforcement authorities to enter premises under a warrant; introduce a new power to search for and seize evidence of waste crime; and reduce the cost and bureaucracy when the police seize vehicles involved in waste crime on behalf of the Environment Agency.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Taunton Deane more like this
star this property answering member printed Rebecca Pow more like this
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less than 2020-10-20T16:50:18.727Zmore like thismore than 2020-10-20T16:50:18.727Z
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star this property label Biography information for Rebecca Pow more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Aaron Bell more like this
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star this property date less than 2020-10-30more like thismore than 2020-10-30
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property hansard heading Odour Pollution: Complaints more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many odour complaints the Environment Agency received about each of the sites it regulates in each month since January 2019. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Newcastle-under-Lyme more like this
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Aaron Bell more like this
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star this property uin 109738 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2020-11-09more like thismore than 2020-11-09
star this property answer text <p>The Environment Agency receives reports of odour from members of the public via the National Pollution Reporting Hotline. The numbers in the table below represent all reports received since January 2019 from members of the public across England, rather than those that have been assessed by a local Environment Agency officer and confirmed to be correctly attributed to a site that the Environment Agency regulates. The Environment Agency does not collate figures centrally for that number.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>Year</p></td><td><p><strong>Jan</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Feb</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Mar</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Apr</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>May</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Jun</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Jul</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Aug</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Sep</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Oct</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Nov</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Dec</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Year Totals</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2019</strong></p></td><td><p>883</p></td><td><p>1,311</p></td><td><p>755</p></td><td><p>1,122</p></td><td><p>1,223</p></td><td><p>1,265</p></td><td><p>2,267</p></td><td><p>2,219</p></td><td><p>1,571</p></td><td><p>1,034</p></td><td><p>1,093</p></td><td><p>1,867</p></td><td><p>16,610</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2020</strong></p></td><td><p>4,160</p></td><td><p>2,181</p></td><td><p>1,474</p></td><td><p>1,468</p></td><td><p>1,212</p></td><td><p>1,755</p></td><td><p>1,673</p></td><td><p>1,854</p></td><td><p>2,223</p></td><td><p>992</p></td><td><p>NA</p></td><td><p>NA</p></td><td><p>18,992</p></td></tr></tbody></table>
star this property answering member constituency Taunton Deane more like this
star this property answering member printed Rebecca Pow more like this
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less than 2020-11-09T16:39:17.317Zmore like thismore than 2020-11-09T16:39:17.317Z
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star this property label Biography information for Rebecca Pow more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Aaron Bell more like this
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star this property date less than 2020-10-30more like thismore than 2020-10-30
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property hansard heading Hydrogen Sulphide: Newcastle-under-Lyme more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of trends in the level of hydrogen sulphide in the air in Newcastle-under-Lyme. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Newcastle-under-Lyme more like this
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Aaron Bell more like this
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star this property uin 109739 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2020-11-09more like thismore than 2020-11-09
star this property answer text <p>Defra's national monitoring network does not monitor hydrogen sulphide levels.</p><p>The Environment Agency (EA) monitors specific sites within the Newcastle-under-Lyme area. In particular, on the Walley's Quarry Landfill site, the EA carried out an ambient air monitoring study between January 2019 and June 2019. The EA deployed a Mobile Monitoring Facility (MMF) to the north of Walleys landfill site between 15 January 2019 and 12 February 2019. Comparison of the hydrogen sulphide data with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) guidelines showed that concentrations were below health limits but exceeded odour limits for 6% of this monitoring period. The MMF was then relocated approximately 60 metres to the east between 28 February 2019 and 25 June 2019. Comparison of the hydrogen sulphide data with the WHO guidelines showed that concentrations were below health limits but exceeded odour limits for 1% of the monitoring period.</p><p>The EA will be continuing with its regular odour assessments and site inspections and will take appropriate action as part of its regulation of the Walley's Quarry Landfill site, should it identify any areas where the Operator is not compliant with their permit conditions.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Taunton Deane more like this
star this property answering member printed Rebecca Pow more like this
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less than 2020-11-09T17:37:06.323Zmore like thismore than 2020-11-09T17:37:06.323Z
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star this property label Biography information for Rebecca Pow more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Aaron Bell more like this
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star this property date less than 2020-10-30more like thismore than 2020-10-30
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property hansard heading Landfill: Newcastle-under-Lyme more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on air quality levels in Newcastle-under-Lyme of the environmental permit variation application to increase the annual waste inputs from 250,000 tonnes to 400,000 tonnes at the Walleys Quarry landfill site. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Newcastle-under-Lyme more like this
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Aaron Bell more like this
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star this property uin 109740 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2020-11-09more like thismore than 2020-11-09
star this property answer text <p>The Environment Agency (EA) conducted an emissions to air assessment of the new application and is satisfied that air quality levels will not be impacted and there will be no additional emissions from landfill gas or risk of additional odour.</p><p>The operator's Odour Management Plan complies with EA guidance and reflects the industry best practice. The EA is satisfied it will minimise the risk of odour pollution, and that they have sufficient controls within the permit conditions to enable further measures to be implemented if required. The benefit of the variation is that the Operator could complete the landfill sooner (by 2024 not 2026) accelerating the progressive capping of the site.</p><p>The operator's gas management plan complies with the relevant landfill directive and permit conditions and the EA does not consider emissions from the installation will cause significant pollution to the environment or harm to human health. The increase in annual tonnages at the site would not change the amount of gas produced but would bring forward the peak gas production rate. The site is already permitted to operate a gas utilisation plant which has the capacity to combust the maximum volume of gas which will be produced.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Taunton Deane more like this
star this property answering member printed Rebecca Pow more like this
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less than 2020-11-09T17:37:50.377Zmore like thismore than 2020-11-09T17:37:50.377Z
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star this property label Biography information for Rebecca Pow more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Aaron Bell more like this
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star this property date less than 2020-10-30more like thismore than 2020-10-30
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property hansard heading Landfill: Odour Pollution more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the fitness for purpose of odour regulations as they relate to landfill sites. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Newcastle-under-Lyme more like this
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Aaron Bell more like this
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star this property uin 109741 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2020-11-09more like thismore than 2020-11-09
star this property answer text <p>No recent assessments have been made of odour regulations. The government considers that current provisions under the Environmental Permitting and Statutory Nuisance regimes provide adequate protection.</p><p> </p><p>Landfill sites in England must be operated in accordance with an environmental permit, regulated by the Environment Agency. Where issues could be a statutory nuisance under Section 79(1)(d) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, local councils are responsible for investigating these complaints.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Taunton Deane more like this
star this property answering member printed Rebecca Pow more like this
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less than 2020-11-09T16:42:17.707Zmore like thismore than 2020-11-09T16:42:17.707Z
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star this property label Biography information for Rebecca Pow more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Aaron Bell more like this
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star this property date less than 2020-10-30more like thismore than 2020-10-30
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property hansard heading Landfill: Odour Pollution more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what support his Department provides to local authorities to (a) monitor and (b) tackle issues relating to (i) air quality and (ii) odour caused by landfill emissions. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Newcastle-under-Lyme more like this
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Aaron Bell more like this
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star this property uin 109742 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2020-11-09more like thismore than 2020-11-09
star this property answer text <p>Landfill sites are regulated under Environmental Permitting Regulations by the Environment Agency (EA). The EA operates a national network of air quality monitoring sites on behalf of Defra. These are designed to provide a representative sample of air quality across the UK, and will not be specific to individual regulated sites. In addition to its statutory air quality activities, the EA can use air quality monitoring equipment in some circumstances to monitor for certain trace gases that form odorous compounds. This is carried out using the EA’s mobile monitoring facilities.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Taunton Deane more like this
star this property answering member printed Rebecca Pow more like this
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less than 2020-11-09T17:40:24.83Zmore like thismore than 2020-11-09T17:40:24.83Z
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star this property label Biography information for Rebecca Pow more like this
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star this property date less than 2020-12-07more like thismore than 2020-12-07
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Work Capability Assessment: Coronavirus more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the feasibility of restarting face-to-face work capability assessments; and what plans her Department has to expedite the backlog of cases waiting for assessment. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Newcastle-under-Lyme more like this
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Aaron Bell more like this
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star this property uin 126162 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2020-12-14more like thismore than 2020-12-14
star this property answer text <p>The health and safety of our claimants and staff is our key priority. We suspended all face-to-face assessments for sickness and disability benefits in March. This temporary suspension, brought in to protect people from unnecessary risk of coronavirus at the outset of the pandemic, remains in place, and is being kept under review in line with the latest public health guidance. Any re-introduction of face-to-face assessments would involve additional Covid-related safety measures, and guidance for claimants and assessment providers to ensure compliance with the relevant public health guidance.</p><p> </p><p>Throughout the pandemic our immediate focus has been on supporting people impacted by COVID-19 by putting claims into payment as quickly as possible, as well as paying any additional benefit where claimants may be entitled to a higher award. We continue to complete paper based assessments where possible and have introduced telephone assessments.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North Swindon more like this
star this property answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
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less than 2020-12-14T18:11:54.903Zmore like thismore than 2020-12-14T18:11:54.903Z
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star this property label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Aaron Bell more like this
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star this property date less than 2020-12-08more like thismore than 2020-12-08
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property hansard heading Walley's Quarry Landfill: Odour Pollution more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many odour complaints have been received by the Environment Agency about Walley's Quarry Landfill in Newcastle-under-Lyme in each month since January 2019. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Newcastle-under-Lyme more like this
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Aaron Bell more like this
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star this property uin 127016 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2020-12-17more like thismore than 2020-12-17
star this property answer text <p>Walley’s Quarry landfill site holds a permit that is issued and regulated by the Environment Agency (EA), and the EA takes seriously any concerns expressed regarding the site. Although no landfill will ever be completely odour free, the level and type of odour arising from such operations should not be causing annoyance.</p><p> </p><p>The table below details the number of odour complaints (reports of incidents received through the EA Incident Communication Service) about Walley’s Quarry Landfill, over the last two-year period.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>Month</p></td><td><p>Number of Odour Complaints</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>January 2019</p></td><td><p>81</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>February 2019</p></td><td><p>259</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>March 2019</p></td><td><p>58</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>April 2019</p></td><td><p>49</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>May 2019</p></td><td><p>31</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>June 2019</p></td><td><p>57</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>July 2019</p></td><td><p>48</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>August 2019</p></td><td><p>95</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>September 2019</p></td><td><p>134</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>October 2019</p></td><td><p>82</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>November 2019</p></td><td><p>159</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>December 2019</p></td><td><p>102</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>January 2020</p></td><td><p>37</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>February 2020</p></td><td><p>94</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>March 2020</p></td><td><p>187</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>April 2020</p></td><td><p>74</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>May 2020</p></td><td><p>68</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>June 2020</p></td><td><p>53</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>July 2020</p></td><td><p>77</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>August 2020</p></td><td><p>92</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>September 2020</p></td><td><p>371</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>October 2020</p></td><td><p>225</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Taunton Deane more like this
star this property answering member printed Rebecca Pow more like this
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less than 2020-12-17T12:58:06.253Zmore like thismore than 2020-12-17T12:58:06.253Z
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star this property label Biography information for Rebecca Pow more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Aaron Bell more like this
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star this property date less than 2020-12-08more like thismore than 2020-12-08
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property hansard heading Landfill: West Midlands more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many odour complaints have been received by the Environment Agency about landfill sites in the West Midlands in each month since January 2019. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Newcastle-under-Lyme more like this
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Aaron Bell more like this
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star this property uin 127017 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2020-12-17more like thismore than 2020-12-17
star this property answer text <p>The information requested is not held centrally and to obtain it would incur disproportionate costs due to time.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Taunton Deane more like this
star this property answering member printed Rebecca Pow more like this
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less than 2020-12-17T13:01:50.527Zmore like thismore than 2020-12-17T13:01:50.527Z
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star this property label Biography information for Rebecca Pow more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Aaron Bell more like this
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star this property date less than 2020-12-08more like thismore than 2020-12-08
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property hansard heading Odour Pollution: Monitoring more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of the Environment Agency changing its methodology for estimating the prevalence and impact of odour from using a subjective 0 to 6 scale to using scientific monitoring equipment. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Newcastle-under-Lyme more like this
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Aaron Bell more like this
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star this property uin 127018 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2020-12-17more like thismore than 2020-12-17
star this property answer text <p>Scientific instrumentation used for detecting odours in the outdoors can only be used to assess a very small number of gases, and the detection limits in these instruments may not be low enough to detect all the compounds responsible for odour annoyance detected by the human nose. The Environment Agency makes use of ambient air monitoring using instruments for specific odorous gases where this will yield useful results.</p><p> </p><p>The Environment Agency regularly reviews new equipment with potential for use in field odour assessments as and when it becomes available. However, so far these solutions have not been found to be as robust and versatile as the current methods used.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Taunton Deane more like this
star this property answering member printed Rebecca Pow more like this
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less than 2020-12-17T07:46:25.897Zmore like thismore than 2020-12-17T07:46:25.897Z
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star this property label Biography information for Rebecca Pow more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Aaron Bell more like this