costs are incurred by quarrying for aggregates according to a report published
today by the DETR. The report identifies and puts a value on the environmental
costs associated with the supply of aggregates.
The results are significantly
higher than the interim results reported in March. The inclusion of more
data and additional analysis has raised significantly the estimate of
the environmental cost of quarrying in national parks. The cost of nearly
£11 per tonne compares to £6 per tonne reported in March.
The estimated environmental cost of the local impacts arising from hard
rock aggregate quarries remains very similar to the interim results. The
cost in the case of sand and gravel sites have increased, however, from
£1.10 per tonne to £1.96 following adjustments to take account
of the under-representation of small sites in the overall sample of sites
The report "The
Environmental Costs and Benefits of the Supply of Aggregates, Phase 2"
(ISBN 1-851121-179- X) #48 can be purchased from: Department of the Environment,
Transport and the Regions, Publication Sales Centre, Unit 21, Goldthorpe
Industrial Estate, Goldthorpe, Rotherham, S63 9BL.