FIE has submitted a last minute appeal to the Department of the Environment to try and have the issue of diffuse pollution caused by peat extraction and forestry addressed in the River Basin District Plans. These Plans must be published under EU law by 21 December, 2009.

FIE only this week became aware that its submission was excluded from those made by the multi-stakeholder body SWAN through which we had submitted.

We are also writing to the Minister, pointing out we now have letters from the Department of Agriculture's Forest Service, Coillte Teo., the State Forestry Board, and the Environmental Protection Agency, and that none of these bodies have available the amount of forestry on peat soils in each River Basin District Catchments.  Read the appeal letter.

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