Sunday 25 June 2017

Volcano 'did not affect' air quality

THE Icelandic volcano which shut down Irish and European airspace for weeks last year had no effect on air quality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said yesterday.

Despite the widespread disruption which affected thousands of airline passengers, concentrations of ash and sulphur dioxide spewed from the Eyjafjallajokull eruptions had no impact on human health or the environment.

In its annual air quality report, the EPA said that Irish air quality was the best in Europe -- but warned that the recession and increased use of coal to heat homes could have an impact on health in the coming years.

The report analysed data from 27 monitoring stations across the State and found there was a "concern" about pollution caused from burning of smoky coal.

Irish Independent

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