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Dáil Éireann debate -
Wednesday, 30 Nov 1988

Vol. 384 No. 9

Written Answers. - Environmental Impact Assessments.


asked the Minister for the Environment if he has had discussions or consultations in recent times with the IDA on the subject of environmental impact assessments for all proposed industrial or commercial developments in this country; if he has satisfied himself with the present situation in this respect; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Industrial and commercial development is generally subject to planning and other statutory environmental controls. Since 1977, planning law has, in addition, required an environmental impact assessment for certain major industrial or trade development which could give rise to pollution or nuisance. Further requirements as to environmental impact assessment, in line with EC Directive 85/337, were notified by my Department in July 1988.

It has been the practice of the Industrial Development Authority, in view of the above, to consider, where necessary by way of special assessment, the potential environmental impact of projects for which grant-aid is sought. I have not had recent discussions or consultations with the authority; this would not normally be appropriate to the Minister for the Environment.