South Tipperary County Council and Clonmel Borough Council are calling on all residents in the greater Clonmel area to stop burning smoky coal, after the introduction of new regulations to ban the distribution and sale of smoky coal (bituminous coal) in Clonmel and surrounding areas from the 1st August. This ban also applies to 16 other areas around the country, including Kilkenny and Waterford. The regulations have been made to protect air quality and public health from harmful emissions that result from the burning of coal with a high sulphur content, known as bituminous or smoky coal.
The ban applies to the urban area but also extends north as far as Mullaghnoney, Mylerstown, Rathduff Upper, Rathronan and Ballyvaughan, west as far as Jamestown, Rathkeevn and Loughtally, and east as far as Redmondstown and Twomilebridge. To find out if your townland is included in the smoky coal ban log on to www.southtippcoco.ie or call 1800 20 26 27 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
While traders can still store smoky coal at their premise within the restricted area it is illegal to sell, market or distribute this type of coal. A trader offering smoky coal for sale from a premise within the restricted area is breaking the law and risks prosecution by the County Council for non-compliance with the regulations.
The County Council’s Enforcement Officers will be carrying out spot checks on all traders within the area. The marketing, distribution and sale of banned fuel can attract a fine up to €1270 and/or up to six months imprisonment upon conviction in the District Court.