Tuesday, 3 February 2004

Questions (381)

Bernard J. Durkan


511 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the extent to which he has examined the report from the EPA or other agencies regarding pollutants or undesirable emissions at the various locations throughout the country; if he has come to any conclusions arising from such studies; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3209/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government)

The Environmental Protection Agency prepares and makes publicly available a wide range of reports-data on the quality of the environment, both in printed form and on its website, www.epa.ie. These reports-data, as well as other relevant analytical work, are an important input to the ongoing development of appropriate policy responses and have been fully recognised and drawn upon in recent major policy documents from my Department on the environment such as: the National Climate Change Strategy — 2000; Preventing and Recycling Waste: Delivering Change — 2002; and Making Ireland's Development Sustainable — 2002.