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star this property date less than 2024-02-05more like thismore than 2024-02-05
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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
unstar this property hansard heading West Africa: Timber more like this
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star this property question text To ask His Majesty's Government whether they have assessed the amount of rosewood timber that is exported from West African countries such as Mali, The Gambia and Senegal; what steps they have taken to ban or control within UK markets the sale of products made from West African rosewood; and what steps they have taken to protect endangered wild species, including rosewood in West Africa. more like this
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle remove filter
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star this property date of answer less than 2024-02-13more like thismore than 2024-02-13
star this property answer text <p>The UK is currently contributing funding towards a Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) study on the conservation and trade in rosewood tree species but does yet not have an assessment of rosewood timber exports. We have robust mechanisms in place through the UK Timber Regulations (UKTR), which prohibit the placing of illegally harvested timber and timber products on the GB market and require operators - those first placing timber products on the market - to exercise due diligence. Those who trade in timber and timber products after they have been placed on the market are required to keep records of who they buy timber products from and any traders they sell them to. This enables timber and timber products to be traced.</p><p> </p><p>The primary objective of the UKTR is to tackle illegal logging and to create a demand for legally harvested timber. Implementing the Regulations enables the protection of forests around the world, supporting the Government’s ambition to lead the world in environmental protection, end extreme poverty, and be at the forefront of action against global climate change.</p><p> </p><p>The requirement to exercise due diligence under UKTR does not apply where a valid CITES permit accompanies the timber.</p><p> </p><p>Rosewood species (Dalbergia and Guibourtia spp.) are listed on the CITES Appendices and so most rosewood timber imports into the UK will need a valid permit. Permit applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis by the UK CITES Management Authority, which will only issue permits if it has been possible to determine that the specimens to be imported were legally acquired and sustainably harvested.</p><p> </p><p>The Government provides grants to a wide range of stakeholders to contribute to the protection of endangered wild species, including tackling illegal wildlife trade in West Africa, through the Biodiversity Challenge Funds. While these do not address rosewood in West Africa specifically, this has included empowering communities to protect their forests by the Society for the Conservation of Nature of Liberia, and supporting Royal Botanic Gardens Kew to monitor and halt illegal timber trade through DNA barcoding in Gabon and Congo (Brazzaville).</p><p> </p><p>Further information on these examples and other projects supported by the Biodiversity Challenge Funds can be found at the websites of the Darwin Initiative and the Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Benyon more like this
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less than 2024-02-13T11:51:40.063Zmore like thismore than 2024-02-13T11:51:40.063Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Benyon more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle more like this
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star this property date less than 2020-09-02more like thismore than 2020-09-02
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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
unstar this property hansard heading Weedkillers: Health Hazards more like this
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25277
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of (1) the impact of aminopyralid contamination in compost on gardeners and market gardeners, and (2) the adequacy of the Health and Safety Executive's Chemicals Regulation Directorate enforcement of restrictions on the use of herbicide products containing aminopyralid. more like this
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle remove filter
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star this property uin HL7596 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2020-09-16more like thismore than 2020-09-16
star this property answer text <p>There are measures in place to keep aminopyralid out of compost and manures. This is necessary because, as a herbicide, aminopyralid can harm broadleaved plants, leading to stunting and distortion (it is important to note that similar effects can result from nutritional deficiencies or diseases). The use of aminopyralid products is subject to strict conditions of use to ensure that plant material which may contain aminopyralid is not used in compost. These conditions have been in place for over ten years and, as a result, the number of reported incidents has declined to a very low level.</p><p> </p><p>Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspectors and enforcement officers consider all reported cases of suspected aminopyralid contamination of compost. Decisions on possible compliance and enforcement action are taken on a case-by-case basis. In most cases it is not possible to establish whether or not residues of aminopyralid have damaged plants nor, if so, the source of the residues. HSE maintains close contact with the authorisation holder and continues to keep under review the effectiveness of measures put in place.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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less than 2020-09-16T15:35:47.627Zmore like thismore than 2020-09-16T15:35:47.627Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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star this property date less than 2023-11-14more like thismore than 2023-11-14
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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
unstar this property hansard heading Water: Standards more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask His Majesty's Government, with regard to water quality, what assessment they have made of whether the replacements to the EU Water Framework Directive will result in the improved monitoring of water quality; whether they intend to create a UK specific Hazardous Watch List; and if so, whether this will consider antimicrobial resistance selection risk of chemicals in aquatic environments, as has been included in recent iterations of the EU Water Framework Directive’s Watch List. more like this
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle remove filter
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star this property uin HL267 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2023-11-30more like thismore than 2023-11-30
star this property answer text <p>The Environment Agency (EA) has introduced a new long-term ‘river surveillance network’ monitoring programme for rivers to give a national overview of the state of England’s rivers. It does not replace the Water Framework Directive compliant monitoring which will still continue.</p><p> </p><p>This network is a key part of the ‘Natural Capital and Ecosystems Assessment’ which will provide a statistically robust assessment of the health of the water environment.</p><p> </p><p>The formalisation of a UK-wide Watchlist would be a matter for the UK and Devolved Administrations. In England the EA has developed a Prioritisation and Early Warning System for new substances of concern and monitors changes to the EU’s Watch List. The EA also works closely with the devolved agencies to share information and approaches to monitoring programmes for emerging chemicals of concern in the water environment, including pharmaceuticals which might contribute to Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR).</p><p> </p><p>Further, the UK has set out a 20-year vision for containing and controlling AMR through a One-Health approach. A cross-departmental project called Pathogen Surveillance in Agriculture, Food and the Environment (PATH-SAFE) was established in 2021 to understand how pathogens and AMR are spread in the environment and the agri-food system. This will inform future monitoring of the water environment and commitments within the UK National Action Plan on AMR.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Benyon more like this
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less than 2023-11-30T15:55:51.457Zmore like thismore than 2023-11-30T15:55:51.457Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Benyon more like this
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star this property date less than 2022-07-08more like thismore than 2022-07-08
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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
unstar this property hansard heading Water: Sewage more like this
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25277
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of increased releases of raw sewage into waterways on animal farming, in light of Vancomycin-resistant Enterococci being found in more than 10 per cent of supermarket pork products. more like this
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle remove filter
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star this property uin HL1591 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2022-07-21more like thismore than 2022-07-21
star this property answer text <p>The Government has made improving water quality a priority. The Environment Act has placed our ambition on a statutory footing, setting a duty for water companies to achieve a progressive reduction in the adverse impacts of discharges from storm overflows. Our Storm Overflow Discharge Reduction Plan will be published in September and will set out the targets water companies will be required to meet to achieve this.</p><p> </p><p>Currently, no assessment has been undertaken on sewage discharges on animal farming more generally. Pharmaceuticals may enter the environment during the manufacture and disposal of pharmaceutical products, or as they pass through humans and animals into wastewater treatment networks or the wider environment.</p><p> </p><p>There is much to be done to improve our understanding of the impacts that pharmaceuticals have on the environment, but some are known to cause adverse impacts on aquatic life and contribute to the spread of antimicrobial resistance.</p><p> </p><p>The Environment Agency (EA) and Defra has worked with Water UK on the Chemicals Investigation Programme to investigate the fate and travel of antimicrobial resistance through waste water treatment works, and are advocating more work via the 2024 price review.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park more like this
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less than 2022-07-21T16:14:05.077Zmore like thismore than 2022-07-21T16:14:05.077Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park more like this
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star this property date less than 2023-05-19more like thismore than 2023-05-19
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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
unstar this property hansard heading Water: Pollution Control more like this
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25277
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star this property question text To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Water targets detailed evidence report, published on 6 May 2022, what progress they have made towards formally adopting the proposed nutrient pollution reduction targets. more like this
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle remove filter
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star this property uin HL7963 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2023-05-25more like thismore than 2023-05-25
star this property answer text <p>On 19<sup>th</sup> December the Government laid The Environmental Targets (Water) (England) Regulations 2022 Statutory instrument. This introduced legally-binding targets to reduce nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment loads from agriculture by 40% by 2038 against a 2018 baseline, and to reduce phosphorus loads from wastewater by 80% by 2038 against a 2020 baseline.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Benyon more like this
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less than 2023-05-25T11:38:44.343Zmore like thismore than 2023-05-25T11:38:44.343Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Benyon more like this
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star this property date less than 2022-05-12more like thismore than 2022-05-12
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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
unstar this property hansard heading Water: Pollution more like this
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government why different advice is being provided for new homes construction in the Wye, Lugg and Usk catchments between Natural Resources Wales and Natural England with regard to nutrient neutrality of foul water. more like this
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle remove filter
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star this property uin HL191 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2022-05-27more like thismore than 2022-05-27
star this property answer text <p>In Wales, Natural Resources Wales (NRW) acts as the Statutory Nature Conservation Organisation. Natural England works closely with NRW on environmental issues but it remains NRW's responsibility to provide relevant advice in Wales. Whilst the present advice in England and Wales is tailored to the relevant local circumstances, as appropriate, NRW is currently in the process of updating its advice.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park more like this
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less than 2022-05-27T10:42:57.163Zmore like thismore than 2022-05-27T10:42:57.163Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park more like this
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star this property date less than 2022-10-13more like thismore than 2022-10-13
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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
unstar this property hansard heading Water: Ciprofloxacin more like this
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star this property question text To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the environmental concentration data collected in England and Wales 2015–2018 (Hayes &amp; Murray et al., 2022) which suggests that the antibiotic ciprofloxacin poses a significant antimicrobial selection risk, whether they have considered its exclusion from the Water Framework Directive’s Watch List and its place in the UK’s monitoring procedures. more like this
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle remove filter
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star this property uin HL2578 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2022-10-27more like thismore than 2022-10-27
star this property answer text <p>Ciprofloxacin has been continuously monitored on the Water Framework Directive Watch List for 4 years. Its removal is being considered as the Directive specifically states that no Watch List substances should be continuously monitored for more than 4 years.</p><p>Ciprofloxacin is currently routinely monitored in England. Ciprofloxacin has been nominated and will be reviewed under the Environment Agency's chemical prioritisation and early warning system. This system allows the Environment Agency to consider the potential risks of emerging chemicals, including to surface waters (both freshwater and saline waters), groundwater, and soils. The system allows the Environment Agency to sift and to screen any chemical substance nominated using, where available, hazard data and environmental monitoring data to prioritise whether a substance may be a possible chemical of concern in England.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Benyon more like this
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less than 2022-10-27T12:18:07.313Zmore like thismore than 2022-10-27T12:18:07.313Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Benyon more like this
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star this property date less than 2023-10-23more like thismore than 2023-10-23
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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
unstar this property hansard heading Water Treatment: Drugs more like this
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star this property question text To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the value of retrofitting existing wastewater treatment infrastructure to sequester small molecule pharmaceutical pollution such as antibiotics; and what plans, if any, they have to do so. more like this
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle remove filter
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star this property uin HL10710 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2023-10-26more like thismore than 2023-10-26
star this property answer text <p>It has not proved possible to respond to this question in the time available before Prorogation. Ministers will correspond directly with the Member.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Benyon more like this
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less than 2023-10-26T11:09:30.497Zmore like thismore than 2023-10-26T11:09:30.497Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Benyon more like this
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star this property date less than 2020-06-03more like thismore than 2020-06-03
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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
unstar this property hansard heading Water Supply more like this
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star this property question text Her Majesty's Government, following reports that Wolverhampton and Shropshire face failure of their water supplies, what steps they are taking to reduce demand and leakage, and to secure supplies, both in the short term in response to dry weather and high usage reportedly due to lockdown, and in the longer term. more like this
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle remove filter
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star this property uin HL5160 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2020-06-17more like thismore than 2020-06-17
star this property answer text <p>The current water supply issues in Wolverhampton and Shropshire are due to constraints in Severn Trent Water's distribution network, and not a lack of available water. Severn Trent Water has responded to the issue by asking customers to use water wisely to reduce demand. The CEO of Severn Trent Water attended the National Drought Group chaired by the Environment Agency on 5 June 2020 to discuss the current risks and approaches to the dry weather and water demand management.</p><p> </p><p>If the company has issues with available water resources it will activate its statutory Drought Plan to manage the situation. In the long term, the water company will need to assess how it manages its supply and demand, including proactively reducing leakage and managing demand through its statutory Water Resources Management Plan. In addition, through its business plan that it submits to Ofwat it will need to assess whether it has the correct infrastructure to cope with future demands from customers.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park more like this
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less than 2020-06-17T13:14:00.097Zmore like thismore than 2020-06-17T13:14:00.097Z
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star this property date less than 2023-09-06more like thismore than 2023-09-06
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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
unstar this property hansard heading Water Companies: Microplastics more like this
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star this property question text To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to work with water companies to explore the management of microplastics in sewage sludge. more like this
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle remove filter
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star this property uin HL9925 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2023-09-15more like thismore than 2023-09-15
star this property answer text <p>The Government is committed to safeguarding the natural environment from harms. We have been collaborating with water companies on the investigation of microplastics in wastewater treatment through the National Chemical Investigations Programme.</p><p> </p><p>The Environment Agency have published their strategy for safe and sustainable sludge use. This strategy explores options for modernising and harmonising the regulatory framework with the aim of ensuring the management and use of sludge supports healthy and productive land and soil. The Government is currently examining the strategy’s impact on our environmental outcomes and water and farming industries.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Benyon more like this
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less than 2023-09-15T12:16:37.197Zmore like thismore than 2023-09-15T12:16:37.197Z
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