Air pollution in Enniscorthy 10 times over EU limit

The River Slaney. Pic; WexfordToday.com

Fianna Fáil TD for Wexford, James Browne has expressed grave concern at the fact that the number of air pollution breaches in Enniscorthy in 2019 is already ten times greater than those of 2018.
Deputy Browne said, “Unfortunately, the Environmental Protection Agency findings don’t come as a surprise given that just a few months ago we learned that air pollution in Enniscorthy is almost ten times the EU safety levels. Similar levels were found in New Ross town at that time.
“However, there have been twelve breaches in the first five months of this year compared with two in the whole of 2018. This cannot be allowed to continue, and action must be taken.
“The sources of air pollution can be very different, yet the effects are equally severe with asthma, respiratory illnesses and heart disease among the adverse health effects known to be caused by polluted air.
“The Government recently backed down on a national ban on harmful smoky fuel following pressure from a number of lobbyists who threatened legal action. It’s depressing to see that the government is prioritising lobbyists over people’s health and well-being.
“The people of Enniscorthy and other towns in County Wexford are at risk and until this issue is tackled head on we will continue to see increased instances of asthma and respiratory diseases”, concluded Deputy Browne.

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