Dáil Éireann - Volume 607 - 06 October, 2005
Written Answers. - Waste Management.
Mr. Naughten Mr. Naughten
230. Mr. Naughten asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if he will ensure a uniform application of regulations covering the burning of hedge trimmings in view of the major discrepancies between local authorities on the issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27238/05]
Mr. Roche Mr. Roche
Mr. Roche: Under the Air Pollution Act 1987, the occupier of any premises, other than a private dwelling, is required to use the best practicable means to limit and, if possible, to prevent emissions, including smoke emissions, from such premises. In addition, the occupier of any premises is prohibited from causing or permitting an emission in such a quantity or manner as to be a nuisance. The Act provides local authorities with powers to prevent or limit air pollution and penalties include fines and/or imprisonment upon conviction.
The Waste Management Act 1996 places a general duty of care on the holder of waste not to hold, transport, recover or dispose of waste in a manner that causes or is likely to cause environmental pollution. Local authorities are empow ered to require measures to be taken to prevent or limit environmental pollution caused by the holding or disposal of waste, and mitigate or remedy the effects on the environment of any such activity. Implementation is a matter for each local authority having regard to the circumstances in its functional area.
Dáil Éireann 607 Written Answers. Waste Management.