Air Quality

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Air Quality Control
Air Quality in Ireland is governed by the Air Pollution Act 1987 ( and the Regulations made under this Act. Air Quality Standards are set in the Air Quality Standards Regulations 2011 (S.I. 180 of 2011) (

Air Emissions Licenses
Local Authorities are empowered under the Air Pollution Acts (Licensing of Industrial Plant) Regulations 1988 ( to license certain classes of activities which may give rise to air emissions. Activities qualifying for an Air Emissions License are listed in Schedule 3 of the Air Pollution Act 1987 and it is the responsibility of Laois County Council to control and condition such activities.

Volatile Organic Compounds
The Emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds from Organic Solvents Regulations 2002 (S.I. No. 543 of 2002) ( requires facilities where activities specified under Schedule 1 of these regulations are required to register with Laois County Council and to obtain a Certificate of Compliance from the Council. This is done by a self certification scheme where the operators of the facility demonstrate compliance with the regulations by submitting to the Council a report from an Accredited Inspection Contractor on a yearly basis. The most common type of activity requiring registration is the Dry Cleaning Industry.

The Limitations of Emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds due to the use of Organic Solvents in Certain Paints, Varnishes and Vehicle Refinishing Products Regulations 2007 (S.I. No. 199 of 2007) ( require any person involved in vehicle refinishing in the county to register with Laois County Council and to obtain a Certificate of Approval from the Council. The method of obtaining a certificate is similar to that under the 2002 regulations except that they are to be obtained every 2 years.

Bituminous Coal
The Air Pollution Act 1987 (Marketing, Sale and Distribution of Fuels)(Amendment) Regulations 2011 (S.I. No. 270 of 2011) ( only permits Bituminous Coal with a sulphur content of less than 0.7% by weight to be sold. A standard kite mark should appear on any bag complying with the regulations.  These regulations also ban the marketing, sale and distribution of bituminous coal in the Town and Environs of Carlow. The Electoral Division of Graiguecullen Rural, within the functional area of Laois County Council, is included in the area where only coal clearly marked as smokeless coal can be sold. Further details are available to download here: Smoky Coal Ban Laois-Carlow

Odours from Landspreading of Slurry and other Organic Fertilisers
Landspreading of slurries and other organic fertilisers is a normal agricultural activity that may lead to complaints of odour.  These activities are regulated by the European Communities (Good Agricultural Practice Regulations 2010 (S.I. No. 610 of 2010). (