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Operations Review

The EPA has a wide range of functions and duties to protect the environment. It is responsible for licensing and control of large-scale industrial facilities, waste facilities and urban waste water treatment plants, supervising the supply of drinking water by public water suppliers, public authority environmental supervision, auditing and enforcement, environmental monitoring, analysis and reporting, co-ordinating national environmental research, implementing the EU Emissions Trading Directive, enforcing the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment legislation, co-ordinating the National Waste Prevention Programme and the implementation of the EU Ozone Depleting Regulations in Ireland.

In addition, the EPA has a key role in the implementation of a number of EU Directives, including the Air Framework, Strategic Environmental Assessment and the Water Framework Directives. The EPA also coordinates activity on soils and biodiversity and is involved in a wide range of activities at EU and international level.

Between them, the Office of Climate, Licensing and Resource Use, the Office of Environmental Enforcement and the Office of Environmental Assessment carry out the functions listed above to enable the EPA deliver on its mandate. The specific functions and responsibilities of each of these offices and their activities in 2007 are described further in this section.

These Offices are supported in their work by the Office of Communications and Corporate Services. Further details on the activities of this Office are provided in Section 2 of this report.