Dáil Éireann - Volume 598 - 22 February, 2005

Written Answers. - EU Directives.

  294. Mr. Naughten asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the obstacles to the publication of the specifications of earthen bank tanks; when these specifications will be published; if she intends to provide grant aid to this form of storage; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5832/05]

  Mary Coughlan:I refer the Deputy to my reply to Parliamentary Question No. 400 of 15 February 2005.

The working group which is considering the specification and guidance documents for earth-lined stores has reached an advanced stage in its work. Some further discussions are taking place this week. I expect that the expert working group will shortly submit its conclusions to my Department and to the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government. Consideration will be given to the working group’s recommendations particularly in the context of the implementation requirements of the nitrates directive.