Cleaning up our Act (redux)
After a long wait it appears that a Clean Air Strategy for Ireland will be published. Submissions close today. Here is mine
The current Air Pollution Act is not sufficiently robust to respond effectively to the progress made since 1987 in monitoring air quality and understanding the impact air pollution has on our health and Earth’s climate.
The main function of the 1987 Act is to provide a national Framework to allow compliance with EU Directives on matters such as limit values for a variety of airborne gases, vapours and particles.
The Act does not put the health and well-being of citizens as it’s raison d’etre. And therefore, in my opinion, it should be scrapped in its current form and be replaced by legislation providing the public with exactly that.
There are a number of aspects of the current legislation that were inappropriate from conception and are also now...
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