Smoky coal ban extended to Tramore
Tramore will be subject to the smoky coal ban from September of next year.
Earlier this week, the Minister for Environment Richard Bruton extended the ban to all towns with populations over 10,000 people, which will include the town of Tramore.
The Minister has also said that the government would not be proceeding with a nationwide ban on smoky coal, on the basis that such a ban carries a serious risk of illegality, unless peat, turf and wet wood were also included.
“I am extending the smoky coal ban to 13 additional towns based on the evidence of poor air quality with seriously damaging effects on health,” he said
Reacting to the news, Green Party Councillor Marc Ó Cathasaigh, who is a candidate for the General Elelction, has argued that the announcement “goes neither fast enough or far enough.
“The smoky coal ban as currently constituted is demonstrably ineffective. Air quality readings during cold, still weather in Waterford City, which is already under the restriction, show levels of air pollution that can have serious impacts on health, especially among vulnerable population.
“The restrictions are widely flouted in many areas, with customers simply sourcing and collecting their solid fuel outside of the designated area.”