Written Answers - Environmental Policy.

Thursday, 9 December 2004

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 595 No. 1

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  101.  Ms Enright  Information on Olwyn Enright  Zoom on Olwyn Enright   asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government  Information on Dick Roche  Zoom on Dick Roche   if he intends to extend the ban on smoky coal to additional urban centres; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32784/04]

Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (Mr. B. O’Keeffe): Information on Batt O'Keeffe  Zoom on Batt O'Keeffe  Under an agreement made in June 2002 with the solid fuel trade group, representing the principal importers and distributors of solid fuel in Ireland, it was agreed that the Minister would not extend the ban on the marketing, sale and distribution of bituminous coal to additional areas except to ensure adherence to air quality standards. No need for such action has arisen since June 2002. It is intended that the 2002 agreement with the solid fuel trade group will be reviewed at the end of the current winter heating season.


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