Risk management of SIP grenades

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Dear Health Protection Agency,
I am writing to make an open government request for all the
information to which I am entitled under the Freedom of Information Act and the Environmental Information Regulations.

In order to assist you with this request, I am outlining my query as specifically as possible.

If however this request is too wide or too unclear, I would be grateful if you could contact me as I understand that under the act, you are required to advise and assist requesters.

(i) With regard to the HPA published document
"Chemical Hazards and Poisons Report From the Chemical Hazards and Poisons Division
September 2007 Issue 10"- "Discovery of World War II Special Incendiary Phosphorous (SIP) grenades in a Wiltshire garden." :can the HPA confirm the source of the statement "The SIP grenade was generally regarded as being a danger to its own operators, and was not issued to troops on the front line. SIP grenades were stored in crates of about 20 and distributed throughout Wiltshire. 141,000 were allocated throughout Wiltshire. Most of these would have been made safe before the end of WWII."

(ii) Can the HPA confirm that it stands by the comment with regard to the debrief of this incident amongst different agencies and concerns expressed about smoke plumes "The lessons learned are applicable throughout the UK, in particular in areas where WW II ordnance is still being found." Do the HPA hold any recorded information to the contrary in respect of revising this information?

I understand that under the act, I should be entitled to a response within 20 working days.
I would be grateful if you could confirm that you have received this request. I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.

Yours faithfully,

Mr Carroll

Freedom Of Information, Health Protection Agency

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Dear Mr Carroll,

Please find attached our response to your enquiry of 27th February 2011.

Many thanks,

Ruby Peters
FOI Coordinator
Health Protection Agency
Tel: 020 8327 6920

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