Dáil Éireann - Volume 415 - 18 February, 1992

Written Answers. - Laboratory Waste Disposal.

[2138] 330. Mr. Hogan asked the Minister for the Environment if he will introduce regulations to restrict (1) the use of genetically formed organisms and (2) the disposal of waste from laboratories; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Minister of State at the Department of the Environment (Miss Harney): Section 109 of the Environmental Protection Agency Bill, 1990, provides for the making of regulations for the control of any process or action involving a genetically modified organism. It is the intention to make such regulations following the enactment of the Bill.

The disposal of waste generally, including laboratory waste, is subject to control under the European Communities (Waste) Regulations, 1979, and, in the case of toxic and dangerous waste, under the European Communities (Toxic and Dangerous Waste) Regulations, 1982.

As I have previously stated, comprehensive new legislation on waste is being prepared in my Department; this is intended to ensure updated and strengthened provisions in relation to all aspects of waste management.