AQW 21673/17-22 – Independent Environmental Protection Agency

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs when will he establish the Independent Environmental Protection Agency, as agreed in New Decade, New Approach. Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: I believe that good environmental governance is about focusing on environmental outcomes and taking a strategic approach … Continue reading AQW 21673/17-22 – Independent Environmental Protection Agency

AQW 19866/17-22 – Deposit Return Scheme

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to detail any plans he has to legislate for a refundable deposit for plastic bottles and aluminium cans. Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: My officials have been developing options for a Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) for drinks containers, … Continue reading AQW 19866/17-22 – Deposit Return Scheme

AQW 16999/17-22 – Strategic Waste Partnership Group

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to detail the membership of the (i) Strategic Waste Partnership Group; and (ii) Government Waste Working Group. Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: The Northern Ireland Strategic Waste Partnership (SWP) membership comprises of Directors from Department of Agriculture, Environment … Continue reading AQW 16999/17-22 – Strategic Waste Partnership Group

AQW 16998/17-22 – Mills Report recommendations

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs what progress reports have been undertaken by his Department on the recommendations of the Mills Report; and when they will be published. Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: I can confirm that a Management Action Plan containing 25 actions … Continue reading AQW 16998/17-22 – Mills Report recommendations

AQW 17000/17-22 – Landfill tax avoidance

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs for an update on the cooperative efforts with HMRC to address the issue of landfill tax avoidance in relation to serious waste crime. Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: NIEA’s Enforcement Branch has an ongoing, productive relationship with its … Continue reading AQW 17000/17-22 – Landfill tax avoidance

AQW 16997/17-22 – Polluter pays principle

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs what progress has there been on creating a new sanction in legislation to make the polluter pay to remediate or remove illegally deposited waste. Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Significant sanctions already exist within the Waste and Contaminated … Continue reading AQW 16997/17-22 – Polluter pays principle

AQW 16996/17-22 – Sentencing guidelines for waste offences

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had on the need to strengthen sentencing guidelines for waste offences. Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: I have not had any recent discussions regarding the need to strengthen sentencing guidelines for waste offences, … Continue reading AQW 16996/17-22 – Sentencing guidelines for waste offences

AQW 16944/17-22 – Contaminated land regulatory regime

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to outline the plans to develop a specific contaminated land regulatory regime. Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: I can advise that I have considered the recommendations from a risk assessment conducted by the NIEA of the financial, environmental … Continue reading AQW 16944/17-22 – Contaminated land regulatory regime