Apparently contradictory advice

Response to this request is delayed. By law, Public Health England should normally have responded promptly and by (details)

Dear Public Health England,

Dr Nic Coetzee, health protection consultant with Public Health England (PHE) Midlands, said: ( in relation to a landfill site called Walleys Quarry and gases including hydrogen Sulphide)

" present we have found nothing to indicate people should have concerns for serious or long-term effects to their health.”

Please search for and supply copy of,

1 The specific gases Dr Coetzee was referring to and the scope of reference used

2 Any published medical reference materiels Dr Coetzee used to proclaim safety of the gases , on any given location, including air concentrations,exposure times, age,and pre-existing medical conditions.

3 Any information held to explain the apparent difference(s) between the statement above and the official Govt position on Landfill gas/hydrocarbons concentrations and proximal populations

4 Please supply any used information held and given for members of the public to protect themselves before exposure to gases from Landfill sites

5 Please supply any info held or used to precisely define "Long term"

Yours faithfully,

Gary Pearce

FOI, Public Health England

Dear Gary Pearce

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Dear Gary Pearce


Thank you for your email of 11 April to Public Health England (PHE)
regarding Walleys Quarry.


We are currently looking into this matter and have sent your email to the
appropriate team to action. We had hoped to have a comprehensive response
for you by now but unfortunately that has not been possible. We will be in
touch with a further update as soon as possible.


Thank you for your patience.


Yours Sincerely



Enquiries - Public Health England


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