Launch of Public Consultation for Ireland’s first National Implementation Report 2014 under the Pollutant Release and Transfer Register Protocol

23rd August 2013 - Susan Moss

Phil Hogan, T.D., Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government today launched (23 August 2013) the public consultation for Ireland’s first National Implementation Report under the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (known as the PRTR Protocol).

The PRTR Protocol seeks to reduce the burden of pollution and waste by establishing publicly accessible national pollutant registers. The Protocol requires each of its Parties to establish and maintain a publicly accessible national PRTR that meets certain requirements which are set out in the Protocol. The Irish PRTR, which was launched in October 2011, is maintained by the Environmental Protection Agency and is available at http://prtr.epa.ie

Public Participation

The role of the public, including environmental NGOs, in environmental protection and, in particular the role of effective public participation in improving the quality of decision-making related to the environment, are well recognised. Prior to finalising Ireland’s first PRTR National Implementation Report, Minister Hogan encourages members of the public and other parties with an interest in the protection of Ireland’s environment to submit comments on the implementation of the PRTR Protocol in Ireland.

The purpose of this consultation is to provide the UNECE, the PRTR Protocol Secretariat and the PRTR Protocol Compliance Committee with the widest possible range of views and opinions on issues related to the implementation and practical arrangements for the implementation and promotion of the PRTR Protocol in Ireland.

The draft report on which comments are sought and a copy of the UNECE PRTR Protocol text are available below:

http://www.unece.org/fileadmin/DAM/env/pp/prtr/Protocol%20texts/PRTR_Protocol_e.pdf

Comments on this public consultation should be submitted by email or received by post no later than 5pm on Friday 18 October 2013 to one of the addresses below:

Public Consultation: http://www.environ.ie/en/Environment/UNECEProtocolonPRTRsPublicConsultation/

Email: [email protected]/* */

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