Smoky Coal Ban

Tuesday 12 November 2019

Smoky Coal Ban

It is an offence to burn smoky coal in a house that is in an area where the use of smoky coal for heating purposes has been banned.

Locations of the designated smoke-free areas in Co. Wicklow.

Wicklow County Council is charged with implementing the smokeless coal regulations. There are five designated smoke-free urban areas:

  • Bray
  • Arklow
  • Greystones/Delgany
  • Wicklow Town
  • Rathnew

Only smoke-free products can be sold in these areas. The Pollution Control Division carries out checks on suppliers to ensure compliance with the regulations. Air quality has vastly improved in these areas since the introduction of the ban, with a significant reduction in smog and sulphur dioxide since the 1980s.

It is an offence to burn smoky coal in a house that is in an area where the use of smoky coal for heating purposes has been banned.

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