Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Questions (562)

Alan Kelly

Question:

562. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he will meet with a group (details supplied) to discuss the decision not to implement a nationwide smoky coal ban in 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27865/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

I am disappointed that a number of coal firms have indicated that they would challenge the decision of two former Ministers to expand the smoky coal ban nationwide. Banning the use of smoky coal would have a positive impact on air quality and public health, particularly in built up areas. I am working with the Attorney General to finalise a legally robust plan which will improve air quality by reducing particulate matter in the air. High levels of particulate matter arise from a number of sources, including the burning of smoky coal.

My officials who will be in contact with the group in the near future to offer a meeting with officials.