Now that we have entered the heating season, Tipperary County Council is reminding householders that there is a ban on the burning of Smoky Coal in Clonmel area and quality standards apply to coal sold outside the ban area also.
Pollutants called Particulate matter (PM 10, PM2.5) coming from the burning of solid fuel for home heating is the main cause of poor air quality in Ireland which impacts on the general public’s health and well being . It particularly affects vulnerable groups such as those with existing lung and heart conditions.
The smoky coal ban is a really positive initiative to improve air quality and as a result, public health. Air pollution increases symptoms and hospital admissions for those with asthma, COPD and other lung diseases. It can also trigger heart attacks and strokes and contribute to a a host of other diseases
Tipperary County Council is urging people, wherever they live within the county, to use approved and longer lasting low smoke fuels over the winter months. You can make a difference by using these longer lasting fuels.
When selecting fuels and living within the ban area make sure that the bags are clearly labelled low smoke coal. If outside the ban area please select an approved fuel. Householders within the ban area are obliged to comply with the smoky coal ban when burning fuel and should discuss the many different types of low smoke fuels that are available with their local coal merchant.
It is only through the continued support of householders, coal retailers and merchants that improvements in air quality will continue and we will see the benefits of reduced disease burden on the public and the health service.
Approximately 8,000 premature deaths have been averted in Dublin since the introduction of the smoky coal ban back in 1990, and if observed, the ban in Tipperary could also have a positive impact.
For more information please contact The Environment Section @ 0761-06-5000.