Dáil Éireann - Volume 415 - 18 February, 1992

Written Answers. - Environmental Protection.

332. Mr. Hogan asked the Minister for the Environment if he will introduce any code of industrial conduct for potentially responsible perpetrators of energy related environment problems; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Minister of State at the Department of the Environment (Miss Harney): The energy industry is already subject to a wide range of environmental legislation including water and air pollution legislation. The Environmental Protection Agency Bill, 1990, provides that activities such as the production of electricity in combustion plant and large boilers or furnaces will be subject to a new system of integrated licensing to be operated by the proposed Environmental Protection Agency. The agency will also be empowered by section 74 of the Bill to prepare and publish codes of practice for the purposes of environmental protection. In addition, the Bill provides for other measures for the promotion of environmentally sound practices, including environmental auditing, eco labelling and environmental quality objectives.