July 26, 2021

Serious concerns over air quality in county Waterford town

Serious concerns have been raised over the air quality in Dungarvan.

Local councillor Conor D. McGuinness has written to the Environmental Protection Agency to request on-site monitoring of the air in the seaside county Waterford town.

The EPA manages the national air quality network and measures the levels of atmospheric pollutants such as carbon dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide and particulate matter, which have the potential to cause serious health problems to people who are exposed to them.

Cllr McGuinness (pictured below) said he took the decision to write to the EPA after he received several complaints in recent months about the air quality in Dungarvan.

“People are concerned about the impact of coal smoke and other pollutants on their health and wellbeing,” the Sinn Féin councillor added.

“The EPA can undertake monitoring and produce data on air quality in Dungarvan. The monitoring can provide real-time information and identify pollutants and point to likely sources.

“As we come into springtime more people will be outside walking, playing and exercising. We owe it to ourselves to ensure a clean and safe environment for ourselves and our children.”

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