Deadline extended for DAERA’s Call for Evidence

Date published: 07 September 2023

The deadline for responses to the current Call for Evidence on DAERA’s Operational Protocol to assess the impacts of air pollution on the natural environment has been extended by two weeks.

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The new closing date is now Friday 29 September 2023.

Dave Foster, Director of Natural Environment Policy, said: “The extension will provide additional time for stakeholders to contribute to the development and delivery of a scientifically robust, evidence-informed Protocol.

“The current Protocol was developed in 2012. Since then, the body of scientific evidence on the impacts of air pollution on designated sites and protected habitats has greatly increased. These factors underpin the need for a new Operational Protocol.”

DAERA, in its role as the appropriate nature conservation body in Northern Ireland has a duty to provide advice to planning authorities and other competent authorities on the potential impacts of air pollution, including ammonia, from plans and projects on designated sites and protected habitats.

This Call for Evidence provides all interested parties an opportunity to help inform and shape the proposals for the future Operational Protocol.

More information on the Call for Evidence, including how to respond.

Notes to editors: 

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