Smoky fuel consultation threatens to cloud the issue

Moves to ban burning peat and wet wood could further delay long-promised nationwide action on smoky coal

Daniel Murray

Political Correspondent @danieltmurray
9th December, 2019
Smoky fuel consultation threatens to cloud the issue
An outright ban on burning peat would be politically contentious at a time when the industry is entering a period of managed decline. Picture: Rolling News

Minsters’ reported plans to open a public consultation on banning all smoky fuels might sound like a potential turning point. It could signal good news for the environment and the people with health conditions who are most acutely affected by air pollution.

It threatens, however, to indefinitely delay action on a long-promised...

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