Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Questions (496)

Éamon Ó Cuív

Question:

496. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the person or body that oversees that the conditions of prospecting and mining licences are adhered to; the number of members of staff dedicated to this work; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50399/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

Prospecting and mining licences are issued by my Department. The Exploration and Mining Division of the Department currently has a staff of 4 geologists and 6 administrative staff engaged in the processing and monitoring of these licences from prospecting through to extraction, as well as other activities related to exploration and mining. Further details are available on my Department's website at https://www.dccae.gov.ie

Extraction is also regulated under the planning system and requires an Integrated Pollution Control Licence from the EPA and compliance with the conditions therein.