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Parliamentary Question re: Dept. of Health’s input to the Revision of Wind Energy Guidelines

QUESTION NO: 451

DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Health (Leo Varadkar)

by Deputy Anthony Lawlor

for WRITTEN ANSWER on 12/05/2015

* To ask the Minister for Health if his Department was consulted in the revision of the wind energy guidelines which are due to be published shortly; if his Department made a submission or if his officials had any input into the review; if so, if he will provide the details of his Department’s involvement; if the advice given or submissions made are publicly available; and if he will make a statement on the matter. – Anthony Lawlor T.D.

REPLY.

Policy responsibility with regard to planning and the legislative framework in relation to wind turbines rests with the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government. The Office of the Chief Medical Officer in my Department has provided advice, which is publicly available, to that Department in the past on the possible effects of noise from wind turbines on human health.

I hope this answers the Deputy’s question and clarifies the matter.