AQW 35565/11-15

Mr Steven Agnew
Green Party
North Down

Tabled Date: 05/09/2014
Answered On Date: 15/09/2014
Priority Written: Yes

To ask the Minister of the Environment whether any agreements were signed, or committed to, by recipients of certificates of aggregates credit levies that obliged them to make significant environmental improvements to their operations; and if so, to detail the required improvements.

All operators who became members of the scheme signed a legal agreement to abide with the conditions of the scheme. A requirement of the conditions was to carry out independent environmental audits of the site and, where necessary, comply with resultant improvement notices issued by my Department. The key areas, under which sites were assessed, are detailed in the Code of Practice document, a copy of which, I have placed in the Assembly library.