Smoke on the water: Waterford town latest to have coal ban imposed
A county Waterford town is one of the latest to have the smoky coal ban extended to it.
From 1 September, Tramore will join Waterford city as places where the burning, sale and marketing of smoky coal will be prohibited.
The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Eamon Ryan made the announcement that he has signed regulations to give legal effect to the extension of the smoky coal ban to all towns with populations over 10,000 people – of which Tramore is one.
“I am very pleased to extend this ban to a further 13 urban areas,” Minister Ryan said, “and I would like to I thank the local authorities for their cooperation”.
“This measure will reduce air pollution and promote public health. The main health effects of air pollution include stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, and both chronic and acute respiratory diseases, including asthma.
“Fine particulate matter, the pollutant of most concern from domestic solid fuel burning is linked to a range of diseases. Banning smoky coal saves lives and improves health outcomes,” Minister Ryan concluded.