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Air Quality

Information on air quality can be found on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) website on http://www.epa.ie/irelandsenvironment/air/ 

The EPA manages the National Ambient Air Quality Network (2017-2022) in partnership with Local Authorities.  This network consists of air quality monitoring stations located across the country.  In County Kildare, as part of this network, there are monitoring stations located in Celbridge and Newbridge. These monitoring stations collect air quality data, such as Particulate Matter (PM) for public information on http://www.airquality.ie/ and for assessment against European legal limit values and WHO guideline values.  Click on the following link for a full list of localised Particulate Matter (PM) monitoring sites http://www.epa.ie/air/quality/localairqualitydata/ 

The Air Quality in Ireland 2018 report published by the EPA can be found on their website or downloaded here http://www.epa.ie/pubs/reports/air/quality/epaairqualityreport2018.html


Smoky Coal Ban (Air Pollution Act)

The Air Pollution Act (Marketing, Sale, Distribution and Burning of Specified Fuels) Regulations 2012-2016 is the relevant legislation for the Smoky Coal Ban.

There is a ban on burning smoky coal and other prohibited fuels in Low Smoke Zones (LSZs).  In County Kildare there are currently Low Smoke Zones in Newbridge/Athgarvan, Maynooth/Celbridge/Leixlip and Naas/Sallins.  See below for the maps of the Low Smoke Zones in Kildare.  You can also find it on Department of Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment website https://www.dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/environment/topics/air-quality/smoky-coal-ban/Pages/default.aspx 

Fixed payment notices or 'on the spot fines' operate for offences relating to the marketing, sale and distribution of prohibited fuels in Low Smoke Zones (LSZs). Persons found to be marketing, selling or distributing prohibited fuels in breach of the Regulations are now liable for a fixed payment notice of between €250 and €1,000 depending on the offence.

Complaints regarding the marketing, sale, and distribution and burning of prohibited fuels or smoky emissions from the use of prohibited fuels in Low Smoke Zones (LSZs) should be reported to the Environment Section on 045-980588.  

Specified Area of Newbridge & Athgarvan (LSZ) Map

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Specified Area of Naas & Sallins (LSZ) Map

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Specified Area of Maynooth/Celbridge/Leixlip (LSZ) Map

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Industrial Licencing (Air Pollution Act)

The Air Pollution Act, 1987 is the primary legislation relating to the protection of our air quality.  The licencing of certain industrial emissions that require an Air Pollution Act Licence from the Local Authority are also detailed in the Act.  http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/eli/1987/act/6/enacted/en/html 


Solvents (VOC Regulations and Deco-Paints Regulations)

If you are a dry-cleaner, vehicle refinisher or if you use solvents in your business activity then the Solvents (VOC) Regulations or the Deco-Paints Regulations may be applicable to you.  These Regulations are enforced by the Environment Section of Kildare County Council. 

To find out if they are relevant to your activity, contact the Environment Section on 045-980588 or check the information available on the EPA website on the following link:


Dry cleaner register

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Vehicle refinisher register

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Vehicle Refinishing? What you need to know (Source EPA, 2020)

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