Limerick City Council to regulate paint sales

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

Caroline Curley, Director of Services, Limerick City Council
IN A bid to reduce air pollution, Limerick City Council is putting in place regulations to curb the sale of spray paints.

IN A bid to reduce air pollution, Limerick City Council is putting in place regulations to curb the sale of spray paints.

Members of the council’s environmental committee have discussed regulations surrounding vehicle spray painting.

The purpose of the regulations is to control the placing on the market of paints, varnishes and vehicle refinishing paints in order to reduce air pollutions.

Nine premises in the city have permission to spray paint vehicles.

Similar regulations have been put in place to control the emissions of organic solvents from solutions used at dry cleaning businesses.

Five industrial dry cleaners have been issued with certificates of compliance on this directive.

Fine Gael city councillor Jim Long said: “How are we proposing to this. Are we telling a supplier that they cannot supply a product?”

Environmental director of service Caroline Curley said: “We need to supply information on the contents of products to companies. It is car finishers and cabinet makers we are most concerned about.”

If a business is found to be operating without a licence, they can be hit with a fine of up to €5,000.