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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, Newbridge and Naas.  (Click on the town name to go directly to the EPA monitoring data for that site).

These monitoring stations collect air quality data, such as Particulate Matter (PM) for public information 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 https://airquality.ie/

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

More recent publication "Ireland's Environment 2020" provides an update in Chapter 3 on the environmental challenges relating to Air Quality http://www.epa.ie/pubs/reports/indicators/irelandsenvironment2020.html

Does the Smoky Coal Ban apply to me? 

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. 

General information about the ban, including PDF maps of the Low Smoke Zones in which it applies, is now available at:


An FAQ document for householders in now available at:


An FAQ document for retailers and suppliers is now available at:


The interactive map of Low Smoke Zones, including an eircode search facility to allow the user to determine if a particular premises is covered by the ban, is available at:


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 

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:


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

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Dry cleaner register

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Vehicle refinisher register

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Renowacja Pojazdów — Co musisz wiedzieć?

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What about Radon? Can I test for this gas in my home?

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas which originates from the decay of uranium in rocks and soils.  

It is colourless, odourless and tasteless and can only be measured using special equipment.  

When radon surfaces in the open air, it is quickly diluted to harmless concentrations, but when it enters an enclosed space, such as a house or other building, it can sometimes accumulate to unacceptably high concentrations.

Radon decays to form tiny radioactive particles, some of which remain suspended in the air.  When inhaled into the lungs these particles give a radiation dose which may damage cells in the lung and eventually lead to lung cancer.

Since July 1998, every new house is required to incorporate some degree of radon preventive measures at the time of construction in accordance with the revised Building Regulations.  The degree of protection required is dependent upon whether or not the site is located within a High Radon Area.

To learn more about radon, and how to test for this gas in the home, contact the Environmental Protection Agency and view their website for further information.


Phone:                   1800 300 600

Email:                    radon@epa.ie


Burning agricultural (green) waste

The application form for this is located in the forms section available on http://kildare.ie/countycouncil/Forms/Environment/

Applications must be received at least two weeks in advance of the proposed date of burning of agricultural waste.

Applications may be refused if there is a weather alert or ban on burning due to weather conditions.

Burning shall not take place until permission/refusal has been received in writing from Kildare County Council.

Burning of unsuitable material is not permitted.                                                                                                           

Burning agricultural waste should always be the final measure in disposing of waste – please investigate all other methods before applying to burn.