Ireland looks at extending ‘smoky’ coal ban
The Irish environment ministry is seeking to improve air quality and public health by extending restrictions on the use of bituminous coal to all urban areas. A ban on the marketing, sale and distribution of bituminous coal now covers 20 Irish towns and cities, where coarse particulate concentrations have halved as a result.
Residential emissions are the country’s second largest source of particulate matter (PM) and have shown little improvement for years. The new plan should – if adopted – aid compliance with the 2008 EU air quality directive, which requires a reduction in PM2.5 exposure by 2020. New emission limits for PM2.5 may also be introduced under the forthcoming revision of the 2001 National Emission Ceilings (NEC) directive.
Source: ENDS Europe DAILY, 16 April 2012