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Smoky coal ban extended

Wednesday, 29th July, 2020 5:47pm

A smoky coal ban is on the way to several big towns around Cork from Sep- tember.

The ban will come into effect for Mallow, Midleton, Cobh and Carrigtwohill, making each area a low smoke zone and is part of the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment’s extension of the ban to all towns with populations over 10,000 people.

East Cork TD David Stanton said: “I have no doubt that the extension of the smoky coal ban to Carrigtwohill, Cobh, Midleton and Mallow will have lasting benefits to local residents as air quality improves. Air pollution can cause a range of chronic and acute respiratory diseases and the designation of these four towns as Low Smoke Zones will ensure a ban on the marketing, sale and distribution of smoky coal and other prohibited fuels from September. The ban will also guarantee that prohibited fuels bought elsewhere cannot be burned within the Low Smoke Zone.”

Cork County Council will be primarily responsible for the enforcement of the ban through inspections of premises and vehicles used for the sale and distribution of solid fuel and by collecting samples. The council may issue fines of between €250-€1,000 for alleged offences.

“The Department had originally outlined that the ban would only be extended to Cobh, Midleton and Mallow in Cork East given their population, but the existing Cork specified area has now been widened to include Carrigtwohill. A multi-agency approach to enforcement of the ban continues to be developed with the geographical boundaries of the new Low Smoke Zones defined in consultation with Cork County Council,” added the deputy.

The ban is already in place in Cork city and suburbs.

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