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Complaints against licensed industrial & waste sites increased significantly during first half of 2020 – EPA

The EPA has published the most recent National Priority Sites List (Table 1 below), as well as updated information on the enforcement activities of the EPA during the first six months of 2020.  It has welcomed the fact that three sites have come off the National Priority Sites List, which was published in April 2020, following improvements in compliance or reduced risk (Table 2 below). The late...
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Large corporates don’t report enough on their environmental impact – research

Alliance for Corporate Transparency led by Frank Bold - an international consortium of lawyers from the Czech Republic - published a breakthrough analysis of the 1000 largest European companies on the quality of environmental, corruption and human rights disclosure. So far, no one in the world has conducted a major in-depth analysis of the non-financial portion of the annual reports of large corp...
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EPA licensed industrial and waste sites enforcement data findings – overall good compliance

The EPA commenced the publication of key data on industrial and waste licence enforcement today on the EPA website.  The data gives details of compliance levels and enforcement activities across the 833 licensed facilities in 2019. The EPA will publish the data on its website on a quarterly basis, providing enforcement information in a timely manner for the public.  Commenting on the publication,...
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EPA takes Cork County Council to court for allowing ‘dangerous’ level of polluted liquid to build up at landfill site

Cork County Council has appeared in court charged with allowing a build up of potentially explosive gas and an accumulation of a "dangerous" level of polluted liquid at a Carrigtwohill landfill site.  The local authority admitted it has not burned off gas arising from the East Cork Landfill Site in line with its responsibilities as site licence holder. The Environmental Protection Agency - t...
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Cork accounts for three of the seven premises listed on EPA National Priority Sites List

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) up to date list of licenced facilities which represent environmental blackspots sees the debut of a new Cork entity in the East Cork Landfill Site, bringing the county’s percentage of overall sites on the list up from 29% to 43%.  County Cork accounts for more almost half of the latest sites announced for priority enforcement by Ireland’s ecology watchdo...
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EPA publishes industrial pollutant emissions data

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published environmental data on Ireland’s national pollutant and transfer register. This is a public register of pollutant releases and waste transfers from large industrial activities in Ireland.  The information supports EU-wide reporting through the European Commission’s e-Register website, which contains data reported annually by more than 34,000 i...
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Industrial and Waste Licence Enforcement Report 2018 – EPA

There has been a marked reduction (22%) in the number of complaints received by the EPA when compared with 2017, with the majority of sites (85%) not having any complaints made against them. Of the complaints received: 57% related to odour 27% related to noise 34% related to three sites 1,490 site inspections were carried out by the EPA of which 95% were unannounced. One-quarter of ...
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EU’s greenhouse gas emissions up 0.7% in 2017 – New EEA Report

Total greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union (EU) increased by 0.7 % in 2017, according to latest official data published today by the European Environment Agency (EEA). Less coal was used to produce heat and electricity but this was offset by higher industrial and transport emissions, the latter increasing for the fourth consecutive year. According to the EEA's Annual European Union gr...
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EPA fines St James’s Hospital €200,000 for emissions rules breach

One of the country’s biggest hospitals has been fined more than €200,000 for breaking EU rules on greenhouse gas emissions, in the first penalty of its kind in Ireland.  St James’s Hospital in Dublin blamed financial constraints for not being able to buy enough carbon credits last year to cover its pollution, which led to the penalty imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency.  It is trying to...
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EPA publishes National Priority Sites List for Oct 18 – March 19

The EPA last week published the latest National Priority Sites List for Enforcement for Q1 Five sites are on the latest list for failing to meet the necessary environmental standards. These companies face further enforcement action from the EPA to secure compliance. Three sites are new to the list. Six sites have come off the previous list published in January following improvements in com...
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