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FIE is questioning the effect of EPA Waste Awareness campaigns after yesterday's release of the EPA's ‘Dioxin Levels in the Irish Environment - Fifth Assessment'.

‘In 2003 the EPA said that new studies showed that half of the dioxins were due to domestic burning of waste.

‘Did "Dump the dumpers" or the "See Something Say Something" campaigns actually have any effect? Did these costly campaigns achieve any clean up of dioxins in our environment?'

Press Release

 


EPA DIOXIN RESULTS QUESTION WASTE AWARENESS SPENDING

Friends of the Irish Environment have questioned the effect of EPA Waste Awareness campaigns after yesterday's release of the EPA's ‘Dioxin Levels in the Irish Environment - Fifth Assessment'.

‘These figures are broadly in line with previous years - but are still worse than 2004', a spokesman for the organisation said.

‘In 2003 the EPA said that new studies showed that half of the dioxins were due to domestic burning of waste.

‘The EPA gives no figures in its latest Waste Statistics about the quantities of domestic waste or estimates of the amount burned in domestic fires within the home since their 2003 Report.

‘This Report notes that Ireland has won awards for its campaigns on waste but by these figures dioxins generated by the burning of domestic waste continues to be a problem.

‘Did "Dump the dumpers" or the "See Something Say Something" campaigns actually have any effect? Did these costly campaigns achieve any clean up of dioxins in our environment?'

‘If the burning of domestic waste has decreased, there must be another source of the continuing levels of dioxins in our environment.'

Verification and further information:
Tony Lowes, FIE 027-73131 / 087 2176316

 

FIE is questioning the effect of EPA Waste Awareness campaigns after yesterday's release of the EPA's ‘Dioxin Levels in the Irish Environment - Fifth Assessment'.

‘In 2003 the EPA said that new studies showed that half of the dioxins were due to domestic burning of waste.

‘Did "Dump the dumpers" or the "See Something Say Something" campaigns actually have any effect? Did these costly campaigns achieve any clean up of dioxins in our environment?'

Press Release

 


EPA DIOXIN RESULTS QUESTION WASTE AWARENESS SPENDING

Friends of the Irish Environment have questioned the effect of EPA Waste Awareness campaigns after yesterday's release of the EPA's ‘Dioxin Levels in the Irish Environment - Fifth Assessment'.

‘These figures are broadly in line with previous years - but are still worse than 2004', a spokesman for the organisation said.

‘In 2003 the EPA said that new studies showed that half of the dioxins were due to domestic burning of waste.

‘The EPA gives no figures in its latest Waste Statistics about the quantities of domestic waste or estimates of the amount burned in domestic fires within the home since their 2003 Report.

‘This Report notes that Ireland has won awards for its campaigns on waste but by these figures dioxins generated by the burning of domestic waste continues to be a problem.

‘Did "Dump the dumpers" or the "See Something Say Something" campaigns actually have any effect? Did these costly campaigns achieve any clean up of dioxins in our environment?'

‘If the burning of domestic waste has decreased, there must be another source of the continuing levels of dioxins in our environment.'

Verification and further information:
Tony Lowes, FIE 027-73131 / 087 2176316

 

Friends of the Irish Environment have written to the President, Mary McAleese, seeking her assurances that she will not in future attend ceremonies at which balloons are released into the environment. The President last week attended a ceremony in west Cork at which 331 balloons were released as part of the memorial service held to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Air India air crash. Balloons released in this manner become 'marine debris' and are a lethal hazard for sea turtles, dolphins, whales, fish, and seabirds who mistake them for squid and other natural prey.

Press Release and letter to Mary McAlesse

Media coverage:
Ecologist blow up at McAlesse over 'lethal' balloons



Friends of the Irish Environment have written to the President, Mary McAleese, seeking her assurances that she will not in future attend ceremonies at which balloons are released into the environment. The President last week attended a ceremony in west Cork at which 331 balloons were released as part of the memorial service held to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Air India air crash. Balloons released in this manner become 'marine debris' and are a lethal hazard for sea turtles, dolphins, whales, fish, and seabirds who mistake them for squid and other natural prey.

Press Release and letter to Mary McAlesse

Media coverage:
Ecologist blow up at McAlesse over 'lethal' balloons


FIE's submission to a review of the Irish Environmental Protection Agency's VISION 2020 has followed on Dan Boyle, Green Party TD's suggestion that

"I believe that if we had a proper environmental body, a body in which the public had confidence and in which there existed a widespread belief that our environment was being properly protected, then many of our citizens should not feel the need of having to go outside and seek international support for the type of environmental protection we should be doing ourselves."

The submission reveals that

no monitoring of traffic emission is being done on our motorways, particularly the M50 upgrade

that audits to industrial establishments have fallen 68% in the last 2 years

that present water quality standards are not sufficient to save legally protected endangered species

that contrary to years of promises, no soil monitoring network has been established

and that the EPA itself in spite of persistent and critical failures in water quality and monitoring by Local Authorities, has yet to use the powers given to it by the Environment Act 2003 to enforce the law.

Read our PRESS RELEASE today on the failure to monitor emissions on motorways.

And the FULL SUBMISSION.
FIE's submission to a review of the Irish Environmental Protection Agency's VISION 2020 has followed on Dan Boyle, Green Party TD's suggestion that

"I believe that if we had a proper environmental body, a body in which the public had confidence and in which there existed a widespread belief that our environment was being properly protected, then many of our citizens should not feel the need of having to go outside and seek international support for the type of environmental protection we should be doing ourselves."

The submission reveals that

no monitoring of traffic emission is being done on our motorways, particularly the M50 upgrade

that audits to industrial establishments have fallen 68% in the last 2 years

that present water quality standards are not sufficient to save legally protected endangered species

that contrary to years of promises, no soil monitoring network has been established

and that the EPA itself in spite of persistent and critical failures in water quality and monitoring by Local Authorities, has yet to use the powers given to it by the Environment Act 2003 to enforce the law.

Read our PRESS RELEASE today on the failure to monitor emissions on motorways.

And the FULL SUBMISSION.
€290 subsidy each way Dublin and Knock

Friends of the Irish Environment today called on the Minister for Transport to abandon plans to continue subsidizing internal aviation flights which are directly competing with Iarnr??d Éireann.

The subsidised routes to Kerry, Galway, Knock and Sligo all compete directly with train services to Dublin. This subsidy has rocketed since introduction at a level of €1.1 million a year in 1995 to €20 million a year in 2003.

Subsidies per passenger reached a shocking peak in 2003 of €290 subsidy each way for a trip between Dublin and Knock.

Read Our Press Release.

Read our Report on subsidies and greenhouse gas emisions.
€290 subsidy each way Dublin and Knock

Friends of the Irish Environment today called on the Minister for Transport to abandon plans to continue subsidizing internal aviation flights which are directly competing with Iarnr??d Éireann.

The subsidised routes to Kerry, Galway, Knock and Sligo all compete directly with train services to Dublin. This subsidy has rocketed since introduction at a level of €1.1 million a year in 1995 to €20 million a year in 2003.

Subsidies per passenger reached a shocking peak in 2003 of €290 subsidy each way for a trip between Dublin and Knock.

Read Our Press Release.

Read our Report on subsidies and greenhouse gas emisions.