In August 2012 new regulations came into force extending the Cork 'smokeless coal' area to include Ballincollig, Tower, Blarney, Glanmire, Little Island, Passage West, Monkstown and Carrigaline. It is an offence to burn, market, sell or distribute coal that is not smokeless anywhere in Cork or this extended ban area.
Banned products include coal typically marketed as 'Premium', 'Polish' or 'House' coal. Smoky coal regulation is both an environmental and a public health issue. Medical experts estimate that in Dublin alone, improvements in air quality since the ban was introduced in 1990 have saved over 300 lives per annum.
Smokeless coal burns longer and more efficiently than ordinary coal making it a more cost efficient product in the long run. Anyone with questions on the new regulations should contact Cork County Council.
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