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EPA calls on local authorities to target inspections to improve air quality and management of waste tyres and food waste - Dec 12 2017, 12:03 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today released a review of local authority environmental enforcement performance for 2014 - 2016. The review found evidence of improving local authority enforcement activity during this period. The report recommends that local authorities now need to target inspections to improve air quality in towns and the recycling of food waste and to reduce the illegal dumping of tyres.

Ireland’s changing climate is projected to result in wide ranging economic and societal impacts - Dec 07 2017, 9:58 AM
“Observations of the atmosphere, oceans and land show that Ireland’s climate is changing. The observed scale and rate of change is similar to global trends. These changes are projected to continue and increase over the coming decades,” said Dr Margaret Desmond, lead author of one of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) research reports being launched today by Mr Denis Naughten, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment at the EPA Seminar on Climate Change Research.

EPA publishes 2016 Annual Report - Dec 01 2017, 12:07 PM
The EPA today published its Annual Report and Accounts for 2016 which highlights the significant outcomes delivered across its core functions, including regulation, enforcement and assessment.

Monitoring of private water supplies is poor and may be putting people’s health at risk, EPA says - Nov 28 2017, 10:00 AM
A report focusing on the quality of Private Water Supplies in Ireland, released today by the EPA, shows that twenty per cent of the population is supplied with drinking water by private supplies - mainly through group water schemes, or small supplies/wells operated by the owners of buildings and businesses as part of a public or commercial activity.

Homeowners need to take action to protect themselves, their families and neighbours from risks posed by septic tanks, says EPA - Nov 14 2017, 9:00 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency today released a review of the implementation of the National Inspection Plan for Domestic Waste Water Treatment Systems for the period 1st January to 31st December 2016. The National Inspection Plan is being implemented by local authorities under the supervision of the EPA.

European Radon Day: EPA calls for homeowners to test their homes for cancer-causing radon - Nov 06 2017, 11:21 AM
On European Radon Day, the EPA is calling on all householders to test their homes for this cancer-causing radioactive gas. Radon is second only to smoking as the leading cause of lung cancer. It is estimated that some 250 lung cancer cases each year in Ireland are linked to radon exposure.

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