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Focus on Local Authority Environmental Enforcement 2018 – EPA Report

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its report on local authority environmental enforcement performance for 2018 today.  The report shows that local authorities have increased their enforcement activities, with 168,000 inspections being undertaken in 2018, together with almost 20,000 enforcement actions and over 850 prosecutions initiated. Local authorities also managed over 78,000 en...
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EPA publishes Annual Report & Accounts 2018

The EPA has published its Annual Report and Accounts for 2018 which highlights delivery of its role as a regulator, knowledge provider and advocate for the environment.  Commenting on the launch of the report, Laura Burke, Director General, said: “We know that many of today’s environmental problems require a cross-sectoral, joined-up government and societal response. It is clear to us fr...
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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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Billions of litres of untreated water overflows at Ringsend wastewater plant

Untreated wastewater has overflowed into Dublin Bay from the Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) more than 100 times since the beginning of 2015.  Figures seen by TheJournal.ie show that billions of litres of untreated waste water have overflowed from the plant into the Liffey estuary in recent years, sparking concerns from politicians and environmental groups. The overflows include the di...
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Climate change is seen as the most pressing environmental issue in Ireland – EPA 2018 Report

An overwhelming majority of adults (86%) recognise the value of the environment to the people of Ireland, recent research conducted on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found.  The EPA released the findings to coincide with the launch of its EPA 2018 in Review report. The Red C poll in November 2018 explored attitudes towards environmental issues. Commenting on the survey,...
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EPA publishes latest National Priority Sites for Enforcement List

The EPA has developed a system to rank industrial and waste licensed sites (Integration Pollution Control) in order of priority for enforcement. The National Priority Sites List (which is updated quarterly) is used to target its enforcement effort at the poorest performing sites in order to drive improvements in environmental compliance.  A score is assigned to each facility based on enforcement f...
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EPA consultation on proposed Guidance on Soil and Stone By-products – Article 27

From 19 October 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency has initiated a public consultation period relating to proposed Guidance on Soil and Stone By-products. Excess soil and stone produced during construction projects may be a waste if it is discarded, is intended to be discarded or is required to be discarded. It will be a by-product if it meets each of the four by-product conditions...
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Limerick Mayor calls for profit-based fines for environmental pollution

Limerick Mayor James Collins has called for profit-based fines for environmental pollution after what he described as the “laughable” fines imposed on Irish Cement for two dust leaks. At Limerick District Court last Friday Irish Cement Limited pleaded guilty to two breaches of the Environmental Protection Agency Act with Judge Marian O’Leary imposing €1,250 fines on both counts with two months ...
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Failure of Ireland to meet greenhouse gas targets

Ireland is set to miss a European Union target set for greenhouse gas emission reductions, according to new Environmental Protection Agency projections. The EPA said that Ireland will achieve just a 1% reduction on 2005 emission levels by 2020, instead of the target of 20%. Missing the legally-binding target opens the possibility of the country facing large fines. The EPA says that strong econo...
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Irish emissions of three key air pollutants getting worse

Emissions of three of the five most noxious air pollutants, which are a threat to public health and/or the environment, increased in Ireland during 2016, according to latest figures published by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Emissions of ammonia, nitrogen oxides and non-methane volatile organic compounds increased. These pollutants impact on air quality, cause respiratory problems ...
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