Office of Environmental Enforcement

The Office of Environmental Enforcement is dedicated to the implementation and enforcement of environmental legislation in Ireland.

  • It is directly responsible for enforcing EPA licences granted to waste, industrial and other activities such as local authority wastewater treatment plants.
  • It prosecutes or assists in the prosecution of significant breaches of environmental protection legislation.
  • It is the quality regulator for drinking water and urban wastewater and will continue in this role following the planned transfer of responsibility of such assets to Irish Water in 2014.
  • It supervises the environmental protection activities of local authorities by auditing their performance, provision of guidance and working through NIECE (Network for Ireland's Environmental Compliance and Enforcement). The supervision work was recently extended to cover the inspection of septic tanks by local authorities.

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