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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 
(042 9353130)
e-mail: environment@louthcoco.ie

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)

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) 9353130.

Smiths of Drogheda              North Road Drogheda Co. Louth
Mr Paul Mullen                         Louth Commercials, Readypenny, Dundalk Co. Louth
Mr Cyril RoddyRoddy Repairs, Belurgan Point, Dundalk, Co. Louth
Mr Kieran CarrGravel Walk, Drogheda, Co. Louth
Joe Furness Ltd.Mell Industrial Estate, Drogheda, Co. Louth
StanleyMeehanMeehan Body Repair Specialists, Haggardstown, Dundalk, Co. Louth
Oriel Auto Specialists Ltd.Coes Road, Dundalk,  Co. Louth
Mount Saint Oliver Motors Ltd.Mount Saint Oliver, Drogheda, Co. Louth
Mr Johnny O'BrienNewtownstalaban,  Drogheda, Co. Louth
Mr Joe McArdle Linenhall Street, Dundalk, Co. Louth
Mr Peter NashCarrickedmund, Kilcurry, Dundalk, Co. Louth
Mr George CampbellMillgrange, Greenore, Co. Louth
Mr Gerard DuffyDuffy Coach Bodies,  Industrial Estate, Dundalk, Co. Louth
Mr Sean Mc Bride,Nunnereryland, Termonfeckin, Drogheda, Co Louth
Mr Paul CallanCar Medic Ltd., Jenkinstown, Dundalk, Co. Louth
Ardee Coach Trim Ltd.Artnalivery, Ardee, Co. Louth
Mr Patrick Yore Crash RepairsGreen Road, Dromiskin, Co. Louth
Mr Joe DuffyMarlbog Rd., Blackrock, Dundalk, Co. Louth
Mr Joseph KellyCompetition Motors, Belurgan Point,  Dundalk, Co. Louth
Mr Peter O'HareCarrickedmund, Kilcurry,  Dundalk, Co. Louth
Mr Eugene MackenBallybarrack, Knockbridge, Dundalk, Co. Louth
Mr Yan FitzgearldThe Garage, Donaghmore, Carrick Rd., Dundalk, Co. Louth
Mr Roy BrackenBeauparc, The Loakers, Blackrock, Dundalk, Co. Louth
Mr Martin KinahanDundalk Crash Repairs, The Lane, Dromiskin, Dundalk,
Co. Louth
Mr Damien MorganThe Glebe, Ardee, Co. Louth
Mr Pat DuffyBalriggan, Kilcurry, Dundalk, Co. Louth
Mr Niall FarrellDealgan Coach Builders, Coes Rd., Dundalk, Co. Louth

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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