Dangerous line marking chemicals being used…
Here are some recent letters written to The Department of Sport, The Department of the Environment, The EU Commission Environmental Department and The HSA.
There is the usual approach to line marking materials in ireland – ‘ahh sure it’ll be grand!’
It will until something happens!
Legislation needs to be brought in in order to deter sports clubs from using lime, creosote, old diesel and diesel oil.
I have received letters and telephone calls on the above matter from the Department of Sport but it seems everyone is passing the book on this subject.
Alan Farrell TD did bring it to the attention of Minister Richard Bruton. The full text of Minister Bruton’s reply is available at: http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/takes/dail2012101800001?opendocument
Reply from EU:
Thank you for your letter.
I think that you will the excerpt from a reply below given by Mr Tajani, Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, on behalf of the Commission in May 2011 interesting. The reply was to a question from Nessa Childers M.E.P. on the use of lime and creosote on playing pitches.
” … There is currently no specific legislation in effect or planned at EU level on the use of lime or creosote on playing pitches. In the absence thereof, Member States remain free to apply the measures they deem necessary at national level provided these are proportionate and non-discriminatory or to prepare a dossier which conforms to the requirements of Annex XV REACH, if they consider that the manufacture, placing on the market or use of a substance poses a risk to human health or the environment that is not adequately controlled and needs to be addressed.”
The full texts of the question and answer are given at: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=WQ&reference=E-2011-002709&language=EN.