Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Construction: Urban Areas (19 Jul 2017)
Therese Coffey: We have not undertaken a specific assessment of the level of pollution produced by equipment and vehicles operating on building sites in town and city centres. Our annual emission statistics set out pollution by source, including from manufacturing industries and construction. The latest statistics to 2015 are available at: www.gov.uk/government/statistics/emissions-of-air-pollutants . ...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Microplastics (19 Jul 2017)
Therese Coffey: We ran a consultation between 20 December 2016 and 28 February 2017 on our proposals to ban microbeads in cosmetics and personal care products. We will publish the Government’s response to the consultation shortly.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Cuadrilla Resources: Lancashire (19 Jul 2017)
Therese Coffey: The Environment Agency assessed the potential environmental impacts of Cuadrilla’s proposed operations at its Preston New Road site and undertook two public consultations prior to granting environmental permits. Since the issuing of the permits and during the construction phase of the site the Environment Agency has inspected the Preston New Road site five times. It has also monitored...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Public Transport: Exhaust Emissions (19 Jul 2017)
Therese Coffey: The draft national air quality plan for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) sets out in section 3, information on the level of nitrogen oxide (NOx) pollution from buses and coaches nationally, at the roadside and by vehicle type. Information on annual NOx emission from other transport such as rail is also included. More detailed information on emissions of NOx, NO2 and other pollutants from a range of...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Rivers: Pollution (19 Jul 2017)
Therese Coffey: The table below provides details of the numbers of water pollution incidents as well as the numbers of successful prosecutions and accepted Enforcement Undertakings for water pollution offences. Year Number of Category 1 & 2 Serious water pollution incidents Total water pollution incidents - impact levels 1-3 Successful prosecutions in relation to water pollution Enforcement...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Beaches and Rivers: Pollution (18 Jul 2017)
Therese Coffey: The responsibility for implementing restrictions at designated bathing waters lies with the relevant local authority. The Environment Agency advises local authorities when water quality is likely to be adversely affected by pollution. Records of what action is taken in relation to this advice would be held by the local authority.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Flood Control: Lytham St Annes (18 Jul 2017)
Therese Coffey: The Environment Agency has commissioned the framework contractor BMM to de-silt (dredge) the tidal sections of Liggard Brook and Main Drain in Lytham, as part of the wider East Lytham project. The framework contractors will also be surveying silt levels in the non-tidal section of Liggard Brook through Lytham so we can assess the need for further de-silting work. BMM are on site now and the...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Cuadrilla Resources: Lancashire (18 Jul 2017)
Therese Coffey: The Environment Agency has conducted one unannounced site inspection at Preston New Road since November 2016. This took place on 2 March 2017.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Rivers: Pollution (18 Jul 2017)
Therese Coffey: The Environment Agency has been able to identify the responsible party in 76,265 pollution incidents where there has been an impact to water since 2001. Of the 31,048 different parties recorded there are: a) 4,066 (instances where a party has been responsible for 2 incidents) b) 1,467 (instances where a party has been responsible for 3 incidents) c) 1,060 (instances where a party has been...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Electric Vehicles (18 Jul 2017)
Therese Coffey: The Government has a clear goal that nearly all cars and vans should be zero emission by 2050, and we want people across the UK to benefit from electric vehicles as soon as possible. The Office for Low Emission Vehicles provides a range of grant support to make electric vehicle ownership more affordable. The plug-in car grant offers up to £4,500 off the cost of an eligible electric...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Tree Planting: Public Places (18 Jul 2017)
Therese Coffey: Neither Defra nor the Forestry Commission records the planting data of projects that are not funded directly by either Defra or FC. Many local authorities fund their own tree planting projects; therefore, they record their own planting data. As the information requested is not collated centrally it could only be provided at disproportionate cost. Statistics on the total new planting in...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Cuadrilla Resources: Lancashire (18 Jul 2017)
Therese Coffey: The Environment Agency has conducted five site inspections at the Preston New Road site since November 2016. The Environment Agency undertakes a range of activities to assess compliance with the permit, including reviewing the reports and monitoring data. Information on recent Environment Agency compliance activities can be found on the Citizen Space webportal page for the Cuadrilla site.


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