§ Jeff Ennis
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the Environment Agency's policy is towards(a) supporting open-cast coal planning applications and (b) supporting open-cast coal planning applications on green-belt land. 
§ Mr. Morley
For any planning application for open cast mining, the Environment Agency's role is that of a statutory consultee. The Agency provides technical and scientific advice to the local planning authority on those potential impacts of the proposed development relevant to the Agency's environmental and flood risk management responsibilities.
§ Jeff Ennis
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the Environment Agency's policy is towards supporting open-cast coal planning applications on land which they own that is designated as green-belt land. 
§ Mr. Morley
The Environment Agency have no specific policy regarding open-cast mining on land which they own. The Agency will look to maximize opportunities for environmental enhancements on their land although each scheme must be looked at on its own merits.
Title Project ID Funding Body Contractor Start date End date Status Survey of health complaints among sheep-dippers VMO299 Defra Science Directorate London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine January 2001 August 2003 Work in progress Dose effect profiles for OP sheep dip on brainelectrical activity and covnitive performance VMO279 Defra Science Directorate DSTL, Porton Down April 1998 December 2002 Completed Disabling neuropsychiatric disease in farmers exposed to organophosphates. VMO2115 Defra Science Directorate/DH Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health, University of Manchester January 2002 (FMD delay) June 2005 Work in progress Characterisation of non-acetylcholinesterase actions of novel protein targets VMO2117 Defra Science Directorate Neurotoxicology Section, MRC Applied Neuroscience Group, Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham. June 2001 June 2003 Work in progress Investigation of possible autoimmune responses induced by organophosphate exposure VMO2116 Defra Science Directorate Health and Safety Laboratory, Sheffield April 2001 December 2003 Work in progress A case-controlled study of neuropsychological any psychiatric functioning in sheep farmers exposed organophosphate pesticides — Defra Science Directorate University College London — — Start imminent (three years expected duration Assessment of pattern and extent of autonomic abnormalities in a group of sheep farmers and dippers — Defra Science Directorate Imperial College — — Proposal