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Air Pollution

Louth County Council is responsible for dealing with air pollution in County Louth. The Air Pollution Act 1987 is the legislation enforced by Louth County Council in dealing with Air Pollution complaints. Typical complaints include backyard burning.

There are also a number of regulations under the Air Pollution act which are enforced the Environment Section of Louth County Council. These relate to the use of Solvents (SI 543 of 2002), Vehicle refinishing (SI 199 of 2007) and Marketing, Sale and Distribution of Fuels) Regulations 1998 (SI 118 of 1998) amended.

If you wish to make a complaint about air pollution, please contact the Environment Section Louth County Council (042)9353130.

National Ambient Air Quality Control

The Environmental Protection Agency recently launched the Air Quality Index for Health (AQIH). This was developed by the EPA, HSE, Met Éireann and Department of Environment, Community and Local Government.

The AQIH provides air quality information with health advice for both the general public and people sensitive to air pollution. The index is displayed on a colour-coded map, updated hourly, on www.airquality.epa.ie and on Twitter @EPAAirQuality .

Extension of Smokeless Fuel Zones and Restrictions on Burning Smoky Coal

AIR POLLUTION ACT (MARKETING, SALE, DISTRIBUTION AND BURNING OF SPECIFIED FUELS) REGULATIONS 2012 (SI No 326 of 2012)

These Regulations were sign into law by Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan on 31st August 2012.  One of the key elements of the Regulations has been the designation of new towns as smokeless zones and in the expansion of the ban areas in towns that were previously covered under the old Regulations. The smokeless zone areas of Dundalk and Drogheda have been expanded significantly under these new Regulations.

A map of the new zones in Dundalk and Drogheda are available at the following http://www.environ.ie/en/Environment/Atmosphere/AirQuality/SmokyCoalBan/Mapsof SmokyCoalBanAreas/      

The main provisions of the regulations are as follows:

  • You cannot sell, market, distribute or burn bituminous i.e. smoky coal within the specified zone
  • You can only burn compliant “smokeless” coal products within the specified zone
  • Smokeless coal products can only be sold in sealed bags, that comply with specified labelling requirements within the zone.
  • TheLabel should clearly show the following text; “Smokeless Fuel – Contents comply with the Air Pollution Act Regulations”.
  • Labelling on Bags should also specify the name and address of the person who packed the bag.
  • Fuel Suppliers, Retailers etc must retain records to prove that the solid fuel contained in the bags is compliant”.
  • The changes are effective from 31stAugust 2012.

 

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us

Environment Section
Louth County Council 
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Solvents

European Union (Installations and Activities using Organic Solvents) Regulations 2012.(SI 565 of 2012)

These regulations control VOC emissions from various business sectors listed in the above regulations. The relevant business sectors are listed in schedule 1 and their corresponding thresholds are listed in schedule 2 of the above regulations There is no threshold for dry cleaning therefore the regulations apply all cases.

If your business is a dry cleaner or if it exceeds the relevant thresholds listed in schedule 2 then an approved assessor must carry out an inspection. The inspection report along with €70 or €50 (€70 for late submissions and first time applicants) must then be submitted to the Local Authority. The local Authority will then issue a certificate of compliance. The Local authority can issue a certificate of compliance for a period of not more than three years, however the length of time for a certificate of compliance is at the discretion of the Local Authority.

Also please note that if your business falls within these regulations you must also supply the Local Authority with an annual self assessment report see below. This report must commence from January 2014 to Jan 2015 and every year thereafter. The Local Authority will require this annual report in order to assess compliance with the above regulations.

Annual Report Template (MS Word Format)

Annual Report Template (PDF)

OperatorExpiry Date

Gala Dry Cleaners Peter Street Drogheda

Co Louth

2nd October 2016       ,   
Avenue Dry Cleaners Avenue Rd Dundalk Co Louth6th August 2016
Smack Dry Cleaners Stapelton Mews Dundalk Co Louth24th January 2017
Ferdia Dry Cleaners 2 Ash Walk  Ardee  Co Louth3rd May 2017
Express Laundrette and Dry Cleaners  Green Lanes Drogheda Co Louth18th August 2016

Approved Assessors

The EPA has set up a panel of approved assessors for the purposes of carrying out inspections under the regulations.  The details of the panel of Approved Assessors for the above regulations are as follows:

Vehicle Refinishers:

 European Union (Paints, Varnishes, Vehicle Refinishing Products and Activities) Regulations 2012 (SI 564 of 2012)

These regulations make it illegal for any uncertified operator to carry out vehicle refinishing for which a certificate of compliance is required under these Regulations. If you carry out vehicle refinishing then an approved assessor must carry out an inspection of your premises. The inspection report along with €70 or €50 (€70 for late submissions and first time applicants) must then be submitted to the Local Authority. The local Authority will then issue a certificate of compliance. The Local authority can issue a certificate of compliance for a period of up to three years, however the length of time for a certificate of compliance is at the discretion of the Local Authority.

Approved Assessors

The EPA has set up a panel of approved assessors for the purposes of carrying out inspections under the regulations.  The details of the panel of Approved Assessors for the above regulations are as follows:

The following is a list of spray painters in Co Louth. Please note that following listed facilities registration date may vary from time to time. There may also be new facilities that are not on the list. Should you have any queries about a vehicle refinisher that is not listed or if you wish to check the current registration status of any of the following spray painters listed please contact the Environment Section, Louth County Council (042) 9335457.

 

       Register  Number

Operator Name Address Expiry  Date    
LVR0108 Smiths of Drogheda               North Road Drogheda Co. Louth25/02/2017
LVR0208 Mr Paul Mullen                          Louth Commercials, Readypenny, Dundalk Co. Louth28/01/2017
LVR0408 Mr Cyril Roddy Roddy Repairs, Belurgan Point, Dundalk, Co. Louth07/03/2017
LVR0608 Mr Kieran Carr Gravel Walk, Drogheda, Co. Louth01/01/2017
LVR0808 Joe Furness Ltd. Mell Industrial Estate, Drogheda, Co. Louth03/12/2016
LVR0908 StanleyMeehan Meehan Body Repair Specialists, Haggardstown, Dundalk, Co. Louth01/03/2017
LVR1008 Oriel Auto Specialists Ltd. Coes Road, Dundalk,  Co. Louth01/03/2016
LVR1208 Mount Saint Oliver Motors Ltd. Mount Saint Oliver, Drogheda, Co. Louth02/01/2017
LVR1409 Mr Joe McArdle  Linenhall Street, Dundalk, Co. Louth26/02/2017
LVR1509 Mr Peter Nash Carrickedmund, Kilcurry, Dundalk, Co. Louth13/01/2017
LVR1609 Mr George Campbell Millgrange, Greenore, Co. Louth23/02/2017
LVR1910 Mr Gerard Duffy Duffy Coach Bodies,  Industrial Estate, Dundalk, Co. Louth19/08/2016
LVR2210 Mr Sean Mc Bride, Nunnereryland, Termonfeckin, Drogheda, Co Louth24/01/2017
LVR2710 Ardee Coach Trim Ltd. Artnalivery, Ardee, Co. Louth26/11/2017
LVR2811 Mr Patrick Yore Crash Repairs Green Road, Dromiskin, Co. Louth                                          15/09/2016           
LVR2911 Mr Joe Duffy Marlbog Rd., Blackrock, Dundalk, Co. Louth06/03/2016
LVR3011 Mr Joseph Kelly Competition Motors, Belurgan Point,  Dundalk, Co. Louth30/03/2016
LVR3311 Mr Eugene Macken Ballybarrack, Knockbridge, Dundalk, Co. Louth9/06/2018
LVR3411 Mr Yan Fitzgearld The Garage, Donaghmore, Carrick Rd., Dundalk, Co. Louth5/4/2016
LVR3612 Mr Martin Kinahan Dundalk Crash Repairs, The Lane, Dromiskin, Dundalk,
Co. Louth
14/7/16
LVR3713 Mr Damien Morgan The Glebe, Ardee, Co. Louth19/3/18
LVR3813 Mr Pat Duffy Balriggan, Kilcurry, Dundalk, Co. Louth27/8/18
LVR3914 Mr Niall Farrell Dealgan Coach Builders, Coes Rd., Dundalk, Co. Louth13/2/2016
LVR4015 Mr Tony O Brien Unit 16a Newgrange Business Park Donore Rd Drogheda Co Louth14/09/2018

Links:

Further information on Vehicle Refinishers and Solvents can be found at the following http://www.epa.ie/air/airenforcement/solvents/

 

Petrol Stations:

The Air Pollution Act, 1987 (Petroleum Vapour Emissions) Regulations, 1997 (S.I. No. 375 of 1997)

The above regulations introduce controls on petroleum vapour emissions resulting from the storage and distribution of petrol which is intended for use as fuel for motor vehicles.

Service Station owner/operators are obliged to ensure that their facility is designed and operated in accordance of the third Schedule of these Regulations.

The third schedule of SI 375 of 1997 outlines the requirements for loading and storage at terminals and service stations where the intermediate storage of vapours is carried out.

Under the above regulations all petrol station owners are required to engage the services of a independent approved assessor to carry out an assessment of the Vapour Recovery system at the service station. Following completion of the assessment, the report along with €63.50 is forwarded to the Local Authority. A certificate in accordance with section 13(1) of the Petroleum Vapour Emissions Regulations, 1997 (S.I. No. 375 of 1997) is then issued to the service station owner/manager for a period of 3 years.

Independent Approved Assessors:

The following have been appointed by Louth County Council as approved assessors in accordance with section 6 (1) of the above regulations for Co Louth.

  •  Mr Micheal O'Kane & Associates, Consulting Engineers, Gransha Beg ,27A Gilford Park, Sandymount ,Dublin 4 (01) 2693084
  • J.A. Gorman Consulting Engineers Unit 1 Block B Forest park Mullingar Co Westmeath  (044)9347338
  • Permark Pumps Ltd, Dundalk Rd, Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan (042)9663059
  • Mr Daniel Keohane, Consulting Engineers Ltd, Stoneview, Blarney ,Co Cork (021)4383868.

 For details on any of the above requirements please contact the Environment Section Louth County Council at (042) 9353130.

 

 

 

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