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
Louth County Council
( 042 9353130
Solvents Regulations (SI No 543 of 2002)
The Emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds from Organic Solvents Regulations SI No 543 of 2002 (Solvents Regulations) were introduced in 2002. If your organisation uses solvents, then the regulations may apply:
All installations must comply with either Emission Limit values in waste gases and fugitive emission values or total emission limit values as specified in Schedule 2 of the Regulations.
A new installation must comply with the solvent regulations immediately before they start operations.
Since 31st October 2005 compliance with the Solvent Regulations can only be achieved using the Emission Limit Value (ELV).
AIC inspections must be carried out on an annual basis to check compliance with the solvent Regulations. The report produced by the AIC will then be submitted to the local Authority once the inspection is completed.
The following business sectors come under schedule 1 of the Solvent regulations if operated above the thresholds listed in Schedule 2 of the regulations:
- Adhesive Coating
- Coating Activity
- Coil Coating
- Dry Cleaning
- Footwear Manufacture
- Manufacturing of Coating Preparations, Varnishes Inks and Adhesives
- Manufacturing of Pharmaceutical Product
- Rubber conversion
- Surface Cleaning
- Vegetable Oil and Animal Fat Extraction and Vegetable Oil Refining Activities
- Vehicle Refinishing ( See Deco Regulations S.I. 199 of 2007 below also)
- Winding Wire Coating
- Wood Impregnation
- Wood and Plastic Lamination
Accredited Inspection Contractors
In order to attain compliance, an Accredited Inspection Contractor (AIC) must review your operation and produce a report on the level of compliance with the regulations. This report will state if you are in compliance or not.
Please refer to the list of AIC’s on:
An AIC report demonstrating compliance with the regulations must be submitted to Louth County Council, together with the completed registration form and a fee of €50. On the basis of this documentation, Louth County Council will make a decision on the issue of a Certificate of Compliance for your operation. Failure to obtain a Certificate of Compliance by October 31st 2007 may result in Louth County Council initiating enforcement proceedings under the Air Pollution Act 1987.
If you have any queries in relation to the Solvent Regulations please contact:
Louth County Council
Registration of an Installation Form
Solvents Regulations - Registration of an Installation Form
Deco Regulations: SI 199 of 2007 (Vehicle Refinishing)
The Decorative Paints Regulations (External link S.I. 199 of 2007) oblige vehicle refinishers to have a solvent management plan carried out by an Accredited Inspection Contractor (AIC), review their operations and obtain a compliant AIC report. A list of AICS can be found on the Irish National Accreditation Board's website (www.inab.ie). The resulting compliant AIC report along with a completed Vehicle Refinishers Registration of an Application Form (see below) and registration fee €50 must be submitted to the Environment Section at Louth County Council. Certificates of approval must be renewed every two years.
Failure to obtain a Certificate of Approval under the above regulations may result in Louth County Council initiating enforcement proceedings.
The following is the current list of registered car spray painters under the above regulations in Co Louth. Please contact the Environment Section (042)9353130 to check whether the spray painter registration is in date.
|Smiths of Drogheda||North Road, Drogheda, Co. Louth. |
|Mr Paul Mullen Louth Commercials||Readypenny, Dundalk, Co. Louth.|
|Danton Motor Company Ltd||T/A Kieran Motors, North Rd., Drogheda, Co. Louth.|
|Mr Cyril Roddy||Roddy Repairs, Belurgan Point, Dundalk, Co. Louth.|
|Mr Declan Byrne||JD Auto Crash Repairs, Drogheda Rd., Tenure, Co. Louth. |
|Mr Kieran Carr||Gravel Walk, Drogheda, Co. Louth. |
|Joe Furness Ltd||Mell Industrial Estate, Drogheda Co. Louth. |
|Oriel Auto Specialists Ltd||Coes Road, Dundalk, Co. Louth.|
|Mr Oliver Marmion||Carrickedmond, Kilcurry, Dundalk, Co. Louth. |
|Mr Johnny O'Brien||Newtownstalaban, Drogheda, Co. Louth. |
|Mr Joe Mc Ardle ||Linenhall Street, Dundalk, Co. Louth.|
|Mr Seamus Curtis||Doodstown, Ardee, Co. Louth. |
|Mr Brian McGovern||Harestown Rd., Monasterboice, Co. Louth.|
|Mr Gerard Duffy, Duffy Coach Bodies ||Industrial Estate, Dundalk, Co. Louth. |
|Mr Tom McGovern Semlgov Ltd ||Kilineer, Drogheda, Co. Louth.|
|Mr Darren Caldwell, TD Caldwell Ltd||Unit 16a, Newgrange Business Park, Donore Rd., Drogheda, Co. Louth. |
|Mr Sean McBride||Nunnereryland, Termonfeckin, Drogheda, Co. Louth. |
|Mr Liam Ussher||Balgathern, Drogheda, Co. Louth. |
|Mc Cabes Ardee||Glebe, Ardee, Co. Louth. |
|Mr Hugh McMahon||Market House Lane, Ardee, Co. Louth.|
|Mr Paul Callan Car Medic Ltd||Jenkinstown, Dundalk, Co. Louth.|
|Ardee Coach Trim Ltd||Artnalivery, Ardee, Co. Louth.|
|Mr Patrick Yore||Crash Repairs, Green Road, Dromiskin, Co. Louth.|
|Mr Joe Duffy||Marlbog Rd., Blackrock, Dundalk, Co. Louth.|
|Mr Joseph Kelly||Competition Motors, Belurgan Point, Dundalk, Co. Louth.|
|Mr Peter O Hare||Carrickedmund, Kilcurry, Dundalk, Co. Louth.|
|Mr Martin Kinahan||The Crash Repair Centre, The Lane, Dromiskin, Co. Louth.|
|Mr Eugene Macken||Ballybarrack, Knockbridge, Dundalk, Co. Louth.|
|Mr Peter Nash||Carrickedmund, Kilcurry, Dundalk, Co. Louth.|
|Mr Stanley Meehan||Meehan Body Repair Specialists, Haggardstown, Dublin Rd., Dundalk, Co. Louth.|
If you have any queries in relation to the Vehicle Refinishing Regulations (SI 199 of 2007) please contact:
Louth County Council
Registration of an Installation Form
Vehicle Refinishers - Registration Application Form (S.I. No 199 of 2007)
Further information on the Vehicle Refinisher Regulations (SI 199 of 2007) and the use of Solvents can be found on the following website:
Environmental Protection Agency