Ireland pressed over peat extraction
Ireland faces a return trip to the European court of justice for breaching EU rules on environmental impact assessment of peat extraction projects, the European Commission said on 20 December. It proposed daily fines of €21,600 in the event of a second condemnation. The first was delivered in 1999 (EED 22/09/99). In practice the case is unlikely to reach a conclusion because of steps being taken by Ireland to remedy the legal breach. The environment ministry proposed stronger protection of sensitive peatlands on 18 December. See press releases from European Commission and Irish environment ministry.