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Ireland’s ammonia emissions continue to rise and exceed EU limit - Jun 04 2020, 11:00 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today published figures for emissions of five key air pollutants which impact air quality, health and the environment. The pollutants are: ammonia, non-methane volatile organic compounds, sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and particulate matter.

EPA report shows on-going improvement in bathing water quality.Three new bathing waters classified as ‘excellent’ or ‘good’ in latest assessment - May 26 2020, 12:01 AM
The EPA has today published the Bathing Water in Ireland report for 2019 which sets out the quality of bathing water at our beaches. Overall, bathing water quality improved across the country in 2019, although quality did decline at some locations.

Ireland’s power generation and industrial emissions drop by 8.7 percent in 2019 - Apr 22 2020, 11:00 AM
The EPA, as the Competent Authority in Ireland for the EU Emissions Trading System, has today published details of greenhouse gas emissions in 2019, for companies in the system.

Recent trends in air pollution levels in Ireland - Apr 09 2020, 5:40 PM
All hourly air quality data is on the EPA website - nitrogen dioxide is the pollutant of interest from traffic and we know reduced traffic congestion should decrease the levels of this pollutant.

EPA to postpone oral hearing on proposed licence for Irish Cement, Limerick due to COVID-19 - Apr 07 2020, 2:00 PM
The EPA has decided to postpone the oral hearing to examine the objections and concerns raised in relation to the proposed licence issued to Irish Cement Limited, Castlemungret, Limerick, Co. Limerick

Ireland produces over half a million tonnes of hazardous waste annually, says EPA - Mar 11 2020, 11:00 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency has today published its latest hazardous waste figures for Ireland. The figures show that the amount of hazardous waste generated in Ireland continues to grow, with over 500,000 tonnes of hazardous waste generated in Ireland in 2018, up over 90,000 tonnes in a year.

EPA to hold an oral hearing to examine objections and concerns in relation to proposed licence for Irish Cement, Limerick - Mar 04 2020, 5:33 PM
The EPA has decided to hold an Oral Hearing to examine the objections and concerns raised in relation to the proposed licence issued to Irish Cement Limited, Castlemungret, Limerick, Co. Limerick (Reg. No. P0029-06) on the 18th of September 2019. The hearing will be held in Limerick during May 2020.

EPA publishes report on leaks from ESB Networks Fluid Filled Underground Electricity Cables - Feb 26 2020, 11:00 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today published a report on its investigation into leaks from fluid filled underground electricity cables. The cable leaks were highlighted in an RTE Investigates programme entitled ‘The ESB Leaks’, which was broadcast on the 5th June 2019 and repeated on the 9th January 2020.

Derval O’Rourke announced as ambassador for EPA's The Story of Your Stuff competition - Feb 25 2020, 9:25 AM
The EPA has today announced that World Champion and Olympic hurdler, Derval O’Rourke will be this year’s ambassador for its national competition for second-level students, ‘The Story of Your Stuff’. The EPA is again partnering with the UCD Earth Institute, who will host the finale showcase event on 3rd April 2020 when competition finalists and their classmates will participate in a special programme of events, and meet Ms O’Rourke who will deliver a keynote speech.

EPA survey indicates most people have taken steps to help the environment - Feb 20 2020, 11:00 AM
Research commissioned by the EPA to coincide with the publication of its EPA 2019 Year in Review report found that 78 per cent of people surveyed said they have personally taken steps to help the environment, and that 87 per cent of adults in Ireland recognise the importance of the environment as an asset to the country. The Red C poll carried out in January 2020 explored attitudes towards environmental issues.

EPA commences online publication of enforcement data.Findings show overall good compliance at EPA licensed industrial and waste sites - Feb 04 2020, 11:00 AM
The EPA has today commenced the publication of key data on industrial and waste licence enforcement on the EPA website.

Delivering trusted and relevant knowledge to inform environmental policy: EPA announces €10 million Government of Ireland funding for new environmental research - Feb 11 2020, 11:00 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced awards totalling €10 million to fund vital new environmental research.

EPA Climate Change Lecture Series: The Green Deal: Delivering a Climate-Neutral Europe - Feb 05 2020, 9:15 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency is hosting Dr Artur Runge-Metzger, Director of DG Climate Action of the EU Commission, to speak as part of the EPA Climate Lecture Series on Thursday 6th February.

Local authority environmental enforcement activities are increasing, but challenges remain in waste, farm and air quality inspections. - Jan 21 2020, 12:00 PM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today released its report on local authority environmental enforcement performance for 2018.

Hey, what’s the Story of Your Stuff? EPA invites second-level students to consider the environmental impact of everyday items and consumption decisions - Jan 16 2020, 12:00 PM
The Story of Your Stuff competition combines creativity and science, giving students the chance to win €500 for themselves and €500 for their school, alongside a new Climate Topic Prize

EPA warns that poorly constructed wells and inadequate monitoring of private water supplies are putting health at risk - Jan 15 2020, 11:00 AM
A report focusing on the quality of private water supplies in Ireland for 2018 was released today by the EPA.

EPA publishes 2018 Annual Report and Accounts - Dec 12 2019, 9:04 AM
The EPA today published its Annual Report and Accounts for 2018 which highlights delivery of its role as a regulator, knowledge provider and advocate for the environment.

River water quality is deteriorating, finds EPA - Dec 09 2019, 11:55 PM
The EPA has today published the Water Quality in Ireland Report for the period 2013-2018.

European Environment Agency’s state of environment report outlines the scale and urgency of environmental challenges facing Europe - Dec 04 2019, 11:00 AM
The European Environment Agency (EEA) today launched its State of the Environment Report 2020, “European Environment — state and outlook report” (SOER 2020). The EPA welcomes this report, which provides an overview of the state of Europe’s environment.

€700m secured by EPA to provide for environmental liabilities - Dec 02 2019, 11:00 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released the guidance document EPA Approach to Environmental Liabilities and Financial Provision. Financial provisions ensure that adequate funds are available to pay for remediation of environmental damage and pollution and provide for safe closure and incident management at licensed facilities.

Reducing Food Waste is the Climate Action you can do three times a day - Nov 25 2019, 11:27 AM
Do you stop to think when you scrape half-full plates into the bin; or throw away food that was lurking at the back of the fridge? Not only are we wasting food, but also the resources used to produce, transport and supply it.

Environmental Law Enforcement: Emerging Challenges 2019 - Nov 22 2019, 11:00 AM
The Director General of the EPA, Laura Burke; and the Chief Justice of Ireland, the Hon Mr Justice Frank Clarke, will provide the opening addresses at an environmental law conference on Monday, 25th November in Dublin. The purpose of the conference is to explore the role of law and its enforcement in shaping our approach to environmental protection.

EPA publishes Junior Cert resource pack on reducing food waste to tackle climate change - Nov 21 2019, 4:13 PM
The EPA has produced an educational resource pack to support over 20,000 Junior Certificate students to learn about sustainable living through the Home Economics curriculum.

Facing up to Climate Change: Where next for Climate Science? - Nov 19 2019, 11:00 AM
Dame Professor Julia Slingo will present the next EPA Climate Change Lecture as part of the National Dialogue on Climate Action. This will take place on Wednesday 20th November in the Round Room at the Mansion House in Dublin. In this public lecture, Dame Julia will discuss what is next for climate science as we tackle the climate challenges that lie ahead.

Repeated delays in the elimination of raw sewage are unacceptable and pose a risk to our environment and public health. - Nov 13 2019, 12:01 AM
The EPA report on Urban Waste Water Treatment in 2018, released today, shows there have been some improvements in waste water treatment in the past year, including the elimination of discharges of raw sewage from two areas.

EPA statement following audit at Leixlip water treatment plant, 8th November. - Nov 08 2019, 5:37 PM
Today (8th November) EPA inspectors audited the Leixlip water treatment plant to confirm that the actions taken by Irish Water and Fingal County Council have rectified the operational performance issues at the plant.

EPA warns that failure to carry out remediation work after testing high for radon gas is a serious health risk - Nov 07 2019, 11:00 AM
On European Radon Day today, Thursday 7th November, the EPA is calling on all householders - to take action to protect themselves and their families. In these homes, remedial action should be carried out as a matter of urgency to reduce exposure to radon.

EPA statement on boil water notice relating to Leixlip water treatment plant issued on the 4th November 2019 - Nov 04 2019, 7:07 PM
Irish Water, in consultation with HSE, has issued a precautionary boil water notice on the Leixlip water treatment plant. Consumers should ensure they heed the advice and boil their water for drinking purposes, brushing their teeth, preparing food and infants bottles. 

Environmental Protection Agency audit report on Incident at Leixlip Water Treatment Plant - Oct 30 2019, 5:00 PM
On Thursday 24th October, EPA inspectors conducted an audit at Leixlip Water Treatment Plant. The purpose of the audit was to establish the full facts of the incident and corrective actions taken, to verify the performance of Leixlip Water Treatment Plant and to assist in gathering the information to facilitate the lifting of the boil water notice.

Ireland exceeds its emissions budget by 5 million tonnes and moves further from climate commitments - Oct 23 2019, 11:45 PM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as the competent authority for reporting Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions, has today published its provisional greenhouse gas emissions for Ireland for 2018. The figures show Ireland exceeded its emissions budget for the third year running, but had a marginal decrease of 0.2 % (0.14 Mt CO2eq) with total national emissions estimated at 60.5 million tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (Mt CO2 eq).

EPA’s latest National Priority Sites for Enforcement List sees number of National Priority Sites increase to Seven - Oct 17 2019, 11:00 AM
The EPA has published the latest National Priority Sites List for Enforcement for March-September 2019. Seven sites are on the latest list for failing to meet the necessary environmental standards. These companies face further enforcement action.

Challenges to the environment and public health require aggressive, coherent and urgent action for a better future - Oct 02 2019, 8:00 AM
Laura Burke, the Director General of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), told the 15th Annual Environment Ireland Conference today that Ireland is living beyond its carbon and environmental means. Laura Burke also said that the climate emergency we face is something that has been well flagged by evidence from scientists worldwide, including the EPA.

World Lung Day – Irish air quality is not meeting the World Health Organization’s guideline values for health - Sep 25 2019, 12:02 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today launched its annual Air Quality report, on World Lung Day. The report shows that while air quality complied with the legal limits, the World Health Organization’s health-related guideline values were not met.

EPA issues a Proposed Determination on a revised licence to Irish Cement Limited - Sep 19 2019, 11:00 AM
The EPA has today issued a Proposed Determination on a revised licence to Irish Cement Limited, Castlemungret, Limerick, Co. Limerick for the continued operation of a cement manufacturing plant and an associated inert landfill at Castlemungret, Co. Limerick (Reg. No. P0029-06).

Inadequate treatment & infrastructure at drinking water plants put public health at risk from Cryptosporidium - Sep 09 2019, 11:30 PM
The EPA Drinking Water Quality in Public Supplies Report 2018, released today, shows that the quality of drinking water in public supplies remains high with 99.9% compliance with microbiological parameters and 99.6% compliance with chemical parameters. However, the report highlights that the incidence of Cryptosporidium detections has increased in the past three years, posing a serious risk to human health.

EPA publishes industrial pollutant emissions data - Aug 22 2019, 11:00 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published environmental data today 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.

Overall good levels of compliance at licensed industrial and waste sites. EPA continues to focus on a small number of problematic sites - Jul 18 2019, 11:00 AM
The EPA has today published its Industrial and Waste Licence Enforcement Report 2018. The report gives details of compliance levels and enforcement activities across the 800+ licensed facilities in 2018. The EPA has also published the latest National Priority Sites List for Enforcement today.

New figures show that further measures will be needed to ensure that packaging recycling levels don’t stagnate - Jul 16 2019, 11:00 AM
The EPA has today published information about waste packaging management in 2017. The figures indicate that the generation of waste packaging - including glass, paper, plastics and wood – remained high in 2017. In addition, while recycling rates were high for some waste streams, including glass and wood, recycling levels have levelled off over the last number of years.

EPA Statement: ESB Lough Ree Power - Jul 11 2019, 5:49 PM
The EPA has today released the following statement regarding ESB Lough Ree Power.

High levels of Food Waste identified in Irish food businesses - Jul 10 2019, 10:12 AM
The EPA is hosting the 3rd Forum on Food Waste today, Wednesday 10th July, bringing together business and policy leaders from across the food supply chain. The theme of this year’s event is Measuring What Matters, emphasising the importance of using data to direct effective actions. Ireland generates over 1m tonnes of food waste annually and will need to take a new perspective on the value of food as the country works towards meeting our EU and sustainable development commitments to halve food waste by 2030.

Nitrogen Dioxide levels in Dublin, due to traffic, pose a public health risk - Jul 08 2019, 11:50 PM
Indicative monitoring and modelling in Dublin is suggesting that areas of the city have high levels of air pollution and may be over the statutory EU limit for the pollutant Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2). These were among the findings in the Environmental Protection Agency’s report, Urban Environmental Indicators – Nitrogen dioxide levels in Dublin, released today.

Malfunctioning septic tanks systems are posing risks to people's health and the environment - Jul 02 2019, 11:00 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency today released a review of over 2,000 inspections of septic tanks and other domestic waste water treatment systems in 2017 and 2018.

Emissions of Ammonia continue to rise: Ireland's air pollutant emissions on the wrong pathway for cleaner air - May 07 2019, 11:00 AM
The EPA today published figures for emissions of five key air pollutants. These pollutants impact environment and health contributing to respiratory problems and pollution of soil, surface water and vegetation.

There’s more to food waste than wasted food - National Stop Food Waste Week, 12- 19 June - Jun 12 2019, 12:54 PM
The EPA is leading a National Stop Food Waste Week campaign to highlight issues and raise awareness on food waste, from 12-19 June.

EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Projections show that Ireland has more to do to meet its 2030 targets - Jun 06 2019, 11:00 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency, as the competent authority for reporting Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions projections, has today published its updated Greenhouse Gas Projections for the period 2018-2040. The figures continue to highlight a significant gap to meeting Ireland’s EU Effort Sharing targets, regarding 2020 and 2030 commitment periods.

EPA welcomes improvements in bathing waters though more action is required at a small number of beaches - May 30 2019, 12:30 AM
The 2018 EPA Bathing Water report, published today, sets out bathing water quality during the long hot summer of 2018. Overall, 94 per cent of the 145 identified bathing waters met the minimum EU standards last year, with over 100 beaches classified as Excellent. Three new bathing waters, Dooey and Magheraroarty in Donegal and Seafield Quilty in Clare, were classified for the first time in 2018. All three were classified as Excellent.

EPA Climate Change Lecture Series - New climate leadership for a low carbon, climate resilient and inclusive world - May 16 2019, 11:00 AM
Dr Edward Cameron is presenting an EPA Climate Change Lecture at the Mansion House on Friday evening (18 May 2019) as part of the National Dialogue on Climate Action. In this public lecture, Dr Cameron will discuss the importance of climate leadership as we transition to a low carbon, climate resilient and inclusive world.

Tackling Climate Change and other major environmental challenges – EPA Research Call to provide €10.2 million for new research - May 09 2019, 11:00 AM
The EPA is seeking proposals from the research community to help identify solutions to climate change and other emerging and complex environmental problems. With up to €10.2 million available for new research projects, to be awarded in 2019 and 2020, the Research Call is divided into three strands: Climate & Air, Environmental Sustainability, and Water.

Radon in workplaces – new legislation requires employers in high radon areas to test for this cancer-causing gas - May 08 2019, 11:00 AM
New radiation protection legislation requires all employers in high radon areas to test their workplace for the radioactive gas radon. Where levels are above the national reference level of 300 Becquerel per metre cubed, employers are then required to carry out work to reduce these levels.

Minister Bruton launches fund for Circular Economy Innovators - €600,000 available under the EPA’s National Waste Prevention Programme - Apr 30 2019, 11:00 AM
The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton T.D. today launched a €600,000 funding opportunity for novel approaches to promote the circular economy, maximise resource efficiency and reduce waste.

EPA publishes latest National Priority Sites for Enforcement List - Apr 18 2019, 11:00 AM
The EPA has published the latest National Priority Sites List for Enforcement today, for October 2018 to March 2019. The EPA will update the National Priority Sites list on a quarterly basis.

Video exploring the life cycle of toothbrushes wins EPA ‘The Story of Your Stuff 2019’ competition - Apr 09 2019, 2:00 PM
A project that creatively explores the life cycle of toothbrushes has won the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s ‘The Story of Your Stuff 2019’ competition. The video entry by Shurooq Azam, Aldiana Hoxha, Kar Cong Leong and Tomi Ayibiowu, students of Hansfield Educate Together Secondary School, Dublin 15, examines the history and manufacturing process of toothbrushes, explores the environmental impact of improper disposal and highlights eco-friendly alternatives.

Ireland’s EU Emissions Trading Scheme greenhouse gas emissions drop by 8.2 percent in 2018 - Apr 05 2019, 11:00 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency, as competent Authority in Ireland for the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, has today published details of greenhouse gas emissions in 2018 for companies in the Scheme. Emissions from Irish power generation and industrial companies in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme fell by 8.2 per cent in 2018 (i.e.,1.4 million tonnes) as compared to a decrease of approximately 4 per cent across Europe.

Majority of adults value the environment, while climate change is seen as the most pressing environmental issue in Ireland, EPA - Feb 28 2019, 11:00 AM
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.

EPA partners with UCD for ‘The Story of Your Stuff 2019’ competition finale event for second-level students - Feb 27 2019, 11:00 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today announced that it will hold a national finale and prize-giving event for ‘The Story of Your Stuff’ competition at University College Dublin (UCD)’s O’Brien Centre for Science on 09 April. The EPA also announced that this year’s competition ambassador is Cork-based environmental scientist, Dr Tara Shine.

EPA publishes latest National Priority Sites for Enforcement List - Jan 25 2019, 9:15 AM
The EPA has published the latest National Priority Sites List for Enforcement today. Eight sites are on the latest list for failing to meet the necessary environmental standards and these companies face further enforcement action from the EPA to secure compliance.

Research to help deliver a low carbon, sustainable and healthy future - Jan 23 2019, 11:00 AM
The EPA has announced awards totalling €12.2 million to fund new environmental research projects. The EPA environmental research programme is a Government of Ireland initiative, funded by the Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment.

EPA invites students to explore their impact on the environment in The Story of Your Stuff 2019 competition - Jan 16 2019, 11:45 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is encouraging second-level students to creatively trace the life cycle of their everyday items and tell its story. The call comes as part of the EPA’s The Story of Your Stuff 2019 competition, which was launched today.

The EPA launches strategic partnership with the Rediscovery Centre - Jan 16 2019, 9:00 AM
The EPA today announced a three-year strategic partnership with the Rediscovery Centre, the National Centre for the Circular Economy. The aim of the partnership is to promote the ‘rediscovery’ of waste materials through reuse, redesign and repair of clothes, paint, furniture and bicycles.

Irish households and businesses need to improve their waste separation - Dec 06 2018, 11:00 AM
“That doesn’t belong there!” is the key message from the Environmental Protection Agency’s latest report which examined what Irish households and businesses are putting in their bins.

Water Abstractions’ Register - Dec 06 2018, 10:05 AM
In accordance with the European Union (Water Policy) (Abstractions Registration) Regulations 2018, the EPA has been asked to establish and manage a national register of water abstractions, whereby people who abstract more than 25 cubic meters (25,000 litres) of water each day are required to register their water abstraction. In the River Basin Management Plan 2018-21, the Department of Housing Planning and Local Government estimated that there are approximately 3,000 water abstractions in the country that are abstracting 25 cubic meters or more of water on a given day.

Small decrease in Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions evident in 2017 - Dec 05 2018, 12:00 PM
Greenhouse gas emissions figures released today by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) show that Ireland’s emissions decreased slightly in 2017. Today’s figures show that greenhouse gas emissions in Ireland in 2017 - at 60.75 million tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (Mt CO2 eq) - were 0.9 per cent (0.53 Mt CO2 eq) lower than in 2016.

Water quality in Irish rivers is going in the wrong direction, warns the EPA - Nov 30 2018, 12:02 AM
The EPA has today released the Water Quality in 2017: An Indicators Report for Ireland. The 16 indicators in the report provide information on the quality of Ireland’s rivers, lakes, canals, estuaries, coastal waters, beaches and groundwaters.

Ireland’s air quality facing pollution challenges from solid fuel burning and transport emissions - Nov 27 2018, 11:00 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency annual Air Quality report, released today, shows that while Ireland’s air quality did not exceed legal limit values in 2017, Ireland’s air quality is impacting negatively on people’s health.

EPA reports creches, nursing homes and hotels using their own wells for drinking water, could pose a serious health risk - Nov 21 2018, 12:01 AM
A report focusing on the quality of private water supplies in Ireland was released today by the EPA. The report found that the quality of drinking water in private supplies remains poorer than that in public supplies.

Moving Ireland into the new plastics economy- EPA conference considers the challenge of plastics for Ireland - Nov 08 2018, 8:46 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency’s conference, Moving Ireland into the New Plastics Economy, is taking place in Dublin today, November 08 2018.The purpose of the event is to generate discussion amongst all stakeholders on how Ireland can shift attitudes and systems towards a more sustainable plastics economy that cuts out unnecessary use and maximises recycling and reuse.

European Radon Day: The EPA encourages everyone to test their homes for radon - Nov 07 2018, 9:27 AM
Today, Wednesday, 7 November 2018 is European Radon day and the EPA is calling on all householders to test their homes for radon. Irish homes have almost twice the European average levels of radon.

EPA Climate Lecture: Health and Climate Change- A Febrile Planet? - Nov 06 2018, 9:37 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of the National Dialogue on Climate Action, is hosting a public lecture this evening in the Mansion House, Dublin, exploring the topic of health and climate change with Professor Hugh Montgomery.

EPA requests further information before deciding on Irish Cement’s Limerick Plant Licence Review - Nov 05 2018, 9:04 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a notice to Irish Cement Limited that requires the applicant to provide the EPA with further details on the proposed use of alternative fuels and raw materials (including by-products and waste) in their cement manufacturing installation at Castlemungret, County Limerick.

Failure to treat waste water properly is damaging our rivers and coastal waters - Oct 23 2018, 12:01 AM
Though we have seen some improvements, Ireland is not investing quickly enough to provide the infrastructure needed to treat our waste water, highlights the EPA report on Urban Waste Water Treatment in 2017, released today.

Hazardous waste: prevention, and self-sufficiency for treatment and management remain key priorities for Ireland - Oct 18 2018, 9:37 AM
The EPA has today released a progress report on the implementation of the National Hazardous Waste Management Plan (NHWMP) 2014-2020. The report shows that Ireland is making good progress on managing hazardous waste. However, a stronger focus on hazardous waste prevention is required and the development of appropriate infrastructure to allow Ireland to become more self-sufficient in the treatment and management of its hazardous waste.

EPA publishes latest National Priority Sites for Enforcement List - Oct 16 2018, 9:50 AM
The EPA has published the latest National Priority Sites List for Enforcement today. Nine sites are on the latest list for failing to meet the necessary environmental standards; this is an increase of four sites from the previous list. These companies face further enforcement action from the EPA in order to secure compliance.

WEEE and Batteries - Enhanced EPA powers to tackle non-compliance - Oct 09 2018, 12:23 PM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced today that it is ready to start issuing Fixed Payment Notices in the coming weeks to persons and businesses not complying with their obligations under the Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations and the Batteries Regulations.

Relentless implementation of policy needed to combat effects of climate extremes - Oct 04 2018, 12:01 AM
“We have, by any measure, experienced an extraordinary year where nature reminded us who is in charge. With our changing climate, the confident predictions are that we can expect extreme events at greater frequency into the future”, said Laura Burke, Director General of the EPA, speaking at the annual ‘Environment Ireland’ conference.

The GLOBE International Citizen Science Schools’ Programme – Irish schools invited to sign up and participate - Oct 02 2018, 10:30 AM
The EPA and An Taisce today launched the second year of the GLOBE citizen science programme in Ireland. Students in schools that sign up for the 2018-2019 campaign will have the opportunity to learn about the weather and climate and do hands-on science in their locality. The EPA also launched its new citizen science web pages: www.epacitizenscience.ie.

New Director Joins EPA Board - Aug 27 2018, 11:32 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to welcome Dr Tom Ryan onto the EPA Board. Dr Ryan took up his new position as Director of the Office of Environmental Enforcement on 25th August 2018.

Supporting Ireland’s transition to a low-carbon, circular economy: Ireland’s National Waste Prevention Programme - Jul 25 2018, 11:00 AM
The National Waste Prevention Programme delivers initiatives and supports to promote Ireland’s transition to a low-carbon, circular economy and provide leadership on national priorities such as food waste prevention. In 2017, €1.8 million was invested in resource efficiency and the sustainable use of resources in Ireland.

Agri-food sector needs to improve its environmental compliance, says EPA - Jul 19 2018, 12:01 AM
The EPA has published its Industrial and Waste Licence Enforcement Report 2017 and the latest National Priority Sites List for Enforcement. These give details of compliance levels and enforcement activities across the 800 licensed facilities in 2017.

EPA supports Europe-wide Pollutant Release and Transfer Register by publishing latest releases from industrial activities - Jul 10 2018, 9:38 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published environmental data on Ireland’s national pollutant release and transfer register (PRTR). This is a public register of pollutant releases and waste transfers from large industrial activities in Ireland.

Greater focus on protecting our most pristine waters is needed, says EPA - Jun 20 2018, 11:00 AM
The EPA has today released a new water indicators’ report for Ireland. The 16 indicators in the report provide information on the quality of Ireland’s rivers, lakes, estuaries, beaches and groundwaters.

€600,000 Funding Announcement for Ireland’s Circular Economy Innovators - Jun 14 2018, 11:00 AM
Ireland’s National Waste Prevention Programme supporting transitions to a low-carbon, low-waste future. The EPA has today launched a €600,000 funding programme to support innovators. The Innovation for a Circular Economy Programme will support companies and organisations in Ireland to develop - and demonstrate - consumer and business solutions that will stimulate resource efficiency and the circular economy.

EPA expects drinking water to comply with EU standards by 2020, 16 years after the deadline for compliance - Jun 13 2018, 12:10 AM
The EPA Drinking Water Report 2017, released today, shows that the quality of drinking water in public supplies remains high, though we must continue to invest in and improve the security of supplies if we are to comply with the drinking water health standards and avoid water restrictions, including Boil Water Notices.

We need to move away from fossil fuels, EPA emissions projections show - May 31 2018, 10:30 AM
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) projections released today show that Ireland’s total greenhouse gas emissions will increase from current levels to 2020, underpinned by strong economic growth. This is despite an EU target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent on 2005 levels from the non-Emissions Trading Scheme (non-ETS) sector – agriculture, transport, residential, commercial, non-energy intensive industry and waste. The latest projections show that, at best, Ireland will only achieve a one per cent reduction by 2020 compared to the 20 per cent reduction target.

Kerry Students’ Chewing Gum Video is the Winner of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Story of Your Stuff Competition - May 29 2018, 11:00 AM
The EPA has found the winners of this year’s The Story of Your Stuff competition in Co. Kerry. Amber Pomeranz and Lauren Lehane, students at Presentation Secondary School Milltown, teamed up to tell the story of chewing gum – from its history to how it’s currently manufactured and how innovative ways are being found to reduce its negative impact on the environment after use.

New EPA online tool will assist with nature conservation in Ireland - May 17 2018, 11:15 AM
A new GeoTool has been launched today to assist those involved in Appropriate Assessment. The bespoke tool was developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in partnership with the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, to automate and streamline part of the data gathering process needed for Appropriate Assessment.

Nearly three quarters of Ireland's bathing waters are "Excellent" but some urban beaches are under pressure - May 16 2018, 12:01 AM
The EPA report, Bathing Water Quality in Ireland 2017, has found that the overall quality of Ireland’s bathing waters remains good with 132 of 142 identified waters meeting strict EU standards.

Tackling Climate Change: rhetoric or reality?- EPA Climate Change Lecture Series - May 14 2018, 11:29 AM
Lord John Krebs is presenting an EPA Climate Change Lecture at the Mansion House on Tuesday 15th May as part of the National Dialogue on Climate Action and in conjunction with the Royal Irish Academy. In this public lecture, Lord Krebs will discuss the challenges of adapting to climate change and will draw on the UK’s experience since enacting the 2008 Climate Change Act.

Tackling major environmental challenges – EPA Research Call to provide €9.5 million for new environmental research - Apr 23 2018, 11:00 AM
The EPA has today launched its annual Research Call. It is now seeking proposals from the research community to help identify solutions to emerging and complex environmental problems. The Research Call highlights the importance of a clean, healthy and well-protected environment for our health, our wellbeing and our quality of life.

Seven industrial sites named on EPA’s latest National Priority Sites List for Enforcement - Apr 20 2018, 11:30 AM
The EPA has published its latest National Priority Sites List for Enforcement. Seven sites licensed by the EPA are on the list for failing to meet the necessary environmental standards. These companies face further enforcement action.

Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions from EU Emissions Trading Scheme participants decrease for first time since 2013 - Apr 11 2018, 10:27 AM
Ireland’s emissions from the 103 stationary facilities in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme were down by 4.8 per cent in 2017 compared to 2016. This is compared to an increase of approximately 0.3 per cent across Europe.

Emissions of three important air pollutants increased in 2016 – Ireland’s emissions going in the wrong direction for people to benefit from cleaner air - Mar 29 2018, 11:00 AM
The EPA today published figures for emissions of five key air pollutants. These pollutants impact air quality in Ireland and further afield, causing respiratory problems, pollution of soil and surface water, and damage to vegetation.

EPA welcomes increase in composting and anaerobic digestion of waste - Mar 15 2018, 10:03 AM
The EPA has today released data and information on composting and anaerobic digestion in Ireland for 2016. The data updates the National Waste Statistics web resource, launched by the EPA in recent months.

Advice for Private Well Owners Affected by Storm Emma - Mar 05 2018, 12:20 PM
The EPA recommends that if your well has been affected by Storm Emma you should make sure it is properly disinfected before using it for drinking water. Details of how you can disinfect your well are below. This procedure should be carried out once the snow subsided.

EPA 2017 in Review: Waste prevention initiatives are gaining traction - Feb 13 2018, 11:00 AM
In its review of 2017 the EPA reports that, in addition to delivering on its core reporting and enforcement roles, several of its waste prevention and resource efficiency activities made significant progress during the year.

Teenagers invited to create video stories about the stuff we consume - Feb 01 2018, 11:00 AM
Following the success of last year’s competition, the EPA is pleased to launch the 2018 The Story of Your Stuff competition for secondary schools.

EPA launches “National Waste Statistics” web resource - Jan 31 2018, 11:00 AM
The EPA has today launched the National Waste Statistics web resource and has also published information on hazardous waste for 2015 and 2016 and municipal waste for 2014.

EPA publishes latest National Priority Sites for Enforcement List - Jan 30 2018, 11:00 AM
The EPA has published its latest National Priority Sites List for Enforcement. Eight sites licensed by the EPA are on the list for failing to meet the necessary environmental standards. These companies face further enforcement action.

Research to help us deliver a low carbon, sustainable and healthy future - EPA announces environmental research awards - Jan 24 2018, 10:24 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded €11.2 million to fund new environmental research projects.

Stop Food Waste - Make the most of your food - Jan 23 2018, 11:12 AM
Irish householders on average throw out €700 worth of food every year. This week the EPA is running an awareness campaign called Food: Make the Most of It, highlighting food waste issues and encouraging everyone to make the most of their food.

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.

Action needed as greenhouse gas emissions increase - Nov 27 2017, 11:54 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency figures released today show that Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions have increased significantly in 2016, following a substantial increase in 2015.

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.

Burning solid fuel is the biggest threat to good air quality in Ireland - Nov 06 2017, 7:00 AM
The EPA’s latest report on air quality, released today, shows that burning of solid fuel is the biggest threat to good air quality in Ireland, followed by emissions from vehicle exhausts.

EPA urges households and businesses to make air quality a priority this Halloween - Oct 27 2017, 4:08 PM
The EPA has released a short animation illustrating the dangers of illegal burning of waste and its impact on people’s health. As Halloween fast approaches the EPA is asking householders and businesses to protect people’s health by disposing of waste properly. Uncontrolled burning of waste pollutes air and is illegal.

Communicating Climate Change - Why So Difficult? EPA Climate Change Lecture Series - Oct 25 2017, 9:00 AM
As part of the EPA’s Series of Climate Change Lectures, Professor Chris Rapley is presenting a public lecture in the Mansion House tomorrow, Thursday 26th October, entitled Communicating Climate Change - Why So Difficult?

Recycling creates opportunities to capture value from waste and move to a circular economy - Oct 26 2017, 11:11 AM
While Ireland has made progress in improving recycling and recovery levels, further progress is needed to protect the environment, meet incoming EU regulations and facilitate the move to a circular economy in Ireland.

Ireland’s failure to address wastewater deficiencies causes an unacceptable risk to the environment and public health, says EPA - Oct 24 2017, 12:00 AM
The EPA report on Urban Waste Water Treatment in 2016, released today, highlights the need for significant funding to address the legacy of underinvestment in infrastructure needed to collect and treat our waste water effectively. The report finds that treatment is inadequate in many areas.

Farm Hazardous Waste Collections 2017 - Oct 18 2017, 10:10 AM
From today, farmers across Ireland will again have an opportunity to safely dispose of hazardous wastes from their farms at ten collection events during October and November.

EPA and An Taisce launch GLOBE, an international citizen science schools’ programme - Sep 28 2017, 10:00 AM
At the 13th annual Environment Ireland conference today, EPA Director General, Laura Burke, highlighted ongoing and future challenges in relation to environmental protection. She also took the opportunity to launch the GLOBE project, a citizen science programme for schools being run in conjunction with An Taisce.

Researchers awarded funding to investigate crop protection and clean energy - Sep 21 2017, 9:00 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency welcomes the announcement of two new research projects it will co-fund through the Science Foundation Ireland’s Investigator Programme.

Treatment needed for 25 supplies at risk of contamination with Cryptosporidium says EPA - Sep 12 2017, 12:01 AM
The EPA Drinking Water Report 2016, released today, shows that the quality of drinking water in public supplies remains high though further improvements are necessary to improve the security of supplies and avoid water restrictions, including Boil Water Notices.

Ireland’s Laura Burke takes up new post as European Environment Agency’s Management Board Chair - Sep 01 2017, 10:22 AM
The European Environment Agency (EEA) has announced that Laura Burke, Director General of Ireland’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took up her position as Chair of the EEA Management Board today.

A greater focus on protecting our most pristine water environments is needed, says EPA - Aug 30 2017, 11:56 PM
The EPA has today released its latest national assessment of water quality in Ireland. The release coincides with World Water Week, which links scientific understanding with policy-making and positive action toward water-related challenges.

EPA urges homeowners in Wicklow to take the radon test. Avoca home tested with levels 30 times higher than acceptable - Jul 25 2017, 11:00 AM
Almost 200 Wicklow homeowners have carried out a radon test in their homes since the Environmental Protection Agency ran an awareness campaign in the county last November. EPA results to date show that 33 homes - in areas including Arklow, Aughrim, Avoca, Baltinglass, Blessington and Rathdrum – had radon levels above the acceptable level.

New EPA Director appointed by Government - Jul 17 2017, 12:35 PM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to announce the appointment, by Government, of Dr Eimear Cotter as a Director of the Environmental Protection Agency.

EPA warns 5 industrial sites to improve their environmental performance or face further sanction - Jul 11 2017, 11:00 AM
The EPA has today launched a new enforcement initiative to drive further environmental compliance at industrial and waste facilities. Licensed facilities with the poorest compliance status are identified as National Priority Sites for enforcement using a new system developed by the EPA.

EPA is making waves with new beaches.ie website - Jun 21 2017, 11:00 AM
The EPA has today launched beaches.ie, a new mobile enabled website providing information about bathing water at Ireland’s beautiful beaches and lakes. The website will allow people to access the information they need before a day out at the seaside.

Research shows that microplastics - present in some cosmetics and cleaning products - are harming our environment - Jun 08 2017, 9:00 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today published the results of research which provides data and evidence on the sources and scale of microplastic pollution in Irish freshwaters for the first time.

‘Our Teenagers Tell Great Stories’, says the EPA. The Story of Your Stuff winners announced. - May 30 2017, 10:00 AM
The EPA has today announced the winner of the Story of Your Stuff competition. Iga Manulak and Emma Jackson, students at St. Mary's College, Ballysadare, Co. Sligo, wowed the judges with their entry. Natural resources are finite and their winning entry showed that we need to be thoughtful in relation to everything we consume.

Three quarters of Ireland's bathing waters are "Excellent" quality for third year in a row; six beaches fail to make the grade - May 17 2017, 11:50 PM
An EPA report, Bathing Water Quality in Ireland – A Report for the Year 2016, has found that the overall quality of Ireland’s bathing waters remains very good with 130 of 140 identified waters meeting strict EU standards.

€8.2 million available for Environmental Research in the EPA Research Call for 2017 to help tackle major societal challenges - May 05 2017, 11:00 AM
The EPA has today launched its Annual Research Call seeking proposals to help identify solutions to emerging and complex environmental problems. The 2017 Research Calls have a particular focus on the importance of a clean, protected environment for our health, our wellbeing and our quality of life, in line with the current EPA Strategic Plan, Our Environment, Our Wellbeing.

Irish Researchers for Climate Action secure €12.9m in EU funding over 3 years - Apr 20 2017, 4:43 PM
The EPA today congratulates successful Irish researchers who have secured competitive funding of €12.9 million from the Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials (Climate Action) sub-programme of Horizon 2020.

Greenhouse gas emissions from Irish companies in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme increased in 2016, EPA reports - Apr 07 2017, 11:00 AM
Participants in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme based in Ireland reported 5.4 per cent more greenhouse gas emissions in 2016 than in 2015. This is compared to a decline of approximately 2.7 per cent across Europe in Emissions Trading Scheme emissions.

Over ninety private water supplies, affecting over 5,400 people, were found to be on boil water notices, says EPA - Mar 09 2017, 12:04 AM
A special report focusing on the quality of Private Water Supplies in Ireland, released today by the EPA, shows that twenty per cent of the population are supplied by private supplies - mainly through group water schemes, or small supplies/wells operated by the owners of buildings/businesses as part of a public or commercial activity.

Ireland is getting serious about tackling Food Waste - Mar 08 2017, 11:00 AM
The EPA is hosting its second Forum on Food Waste on 9th March 2017. The Forum will be addressed by Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten, T.D., who has signalled that Food Waste is a priority issue. At the Forum, the Minister will announce the formation of an Action Group to examine solutions to food wastage from a retail point of view. He will also launch a national Charter on Food Waste.

EPA welcomes inclusion of questions relating to radon gas in Law Society of Ireland’s revised conveyancing documents - Feb 27 2017, 11:00 AM
The EPA today welcomed the decision of the Law Society of Ireland to include three questions relating to radon gas in their 2017 Conditions of Sale document used during the sale of homes.

EPA Celebrates 20 Years in The Glen, Monaghan - Feb 16 2017, 11:00 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently celebrated 20 years in The Glen in Monaghan.

2016 A year of progress – and challenges ahead that require input of all sectors and all citizens - Feb 14 2017, 10:30 AM
The EPA Year in Review 2016 shows that while we have made much progress on environmental issues in Ireland, we now face complex challenges that require the input of all sectors and all citizens.

The EPA calls on Secondary Schools to tell - The Story of Your Stuff www.thestoryofyourstuff.ie - Feb 08 2017, 10:30 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has teamed up with young photographer and music video director, Christian Tierney to launch an exciting new competition for secondary schools today themed The Story of Your Stuff. Students are invited to choose an everyday object such as a pen, mobile phone or a water bottle and use a visual medium to illustrate its lifecycle, where it came from, how you use it and more importantly, where it’s going to end up!

Owners urged to ensure end-of-life vehicles and waste tyres are managed by authorised waste treatment facilities - Jan 12 2017, 10:30 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency has today published waste data about end-of-life vehicles and waste tyres managed by Authorised Treatment Facilities or other waste management organisations in Ireland in 2014.

Compliance levels are good overall with most significant issues arising at a small number of licensed sites - Dec 21 2016, 10:00 AM
The EPA Licensed Sites - Report on Enforcement 2015 released today gives details of compliance levels and enforcement activities across a range of industries in 2015.

A Sellafield accident would pose no immediate health risk but strong food controls would be necessary, says EPA - Dec 08 2016, 11:00 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today published a report on the potential radiological impact of a severe accident at the Sellafield nuclear fuel reprocessing plant. While previous studies showed that the likelihood of a severe accident at Sellafield is low, the accident scenarios studied were those identified as having the greatest potential to have an impact on Ireland. This report complements the recently published ESRI report into the significant economic consequences of such an event.

Joint Research Programme on Environmental Impacts of Unconventional Gas Exploration & Extraction - Nov 30 2016, 2:14 PM
Joint Research Programme on Environmental Impacts of Unconventional Gas Exploration & Extraction Joint Research Programme on Environmental Impacts of Unconventional Gas Exploration & Extraction

Recognising the benefits of a good quality environment to health and wellbeing- Inaugural EPA-HSE conference on Environment, Health and Wellbeing - Nov 30 2016, 9:55 AM
The EPA and HSE are today jointly hosting an Environment & Health Conference in Dublin. Entitled Our Environment, Our Health, Our Wellbeing, the conference aims to promote a greater awareness of the impact of environmental quality on human health.

Radon: the Silent Killer. EPA calls for people living in high radon areas to test their homes for radon - Nov 28 2016, 9:56 AM
The EPA is calling on people in High Radon Areas to test their homes for radon. Since 2010 the EPA’s Office of Radiological Protection has carried out awareness campaigns in the 12 radon priority counties and undertaken testing for 4,700 householders. Of the homes tested, over 700 had raised radon levels and almost 80 had extremely high radon levels. 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.

EPA supports Ireland’s businesses, farmers and communities in becoming more sustainable - Nov 25 2016, 11:00 AM
Innovative Irish organisations and individuals are taking steps to reduce their impact on the environment, and their bank balances, by being more efficient, says the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as it releases its report, Towards a Resource Efficient Ireland: Annual Report for 2015. The EPA supports resource efficiency initiatives right around Ireland.

‘Significant funding required for waste water treatment if pollution and health risks to be avoided’ says EPA - Nov 23 2016, 11:58 PM
The EPA report on Urban Waste Water Treatment in 2015, released today, shows that a substantial and sustained increase in investment in public waste water treatment infrastructure is needed to eliminate discharges of raw sewage, comply with European Union treatment standards and protect our environment and public health from the adverse effects of waste water discharges.

Ireland’s air quality faces pollution challenges from solid fuel burning and traffic - Nov 16 2016, 10:00 AM
In general air quality in Ireland is good, largely as a result of our relative lack of large cities, weather and access to predominantly clean air from the south west. However, the report released today shows that despite our monitored air quality being within EU limit values we face challenges in maintaining this position.

Transformational change needed to deal with climate change and other risks to our health and natural environment - Nov 08 2016, 12:01 AM
The EPA today launched its sixth State of the Environment Report. The Report, produced every four years, provides an overview of the condition of our waters, air and natural resources and the impact of the main economic sectors on the environment.

Over 100 drinking water supplies in need of remedial works to avoid threat of water restrictions, says EPA - Oct 27 2016, 12:03 AM
The Drinking Water Report for 2015, released today, indicates that the majority of our 962 drinking water supplies are safe and comply with microbiological and chemical standards. However, the EPA has identified 108 “at risk” supplies in the latest Remedial Action List, also released today, where improvement works are necessary to ensure they are safe and secure. These supplies serve 830,000 consumers.

Proposed programme to provide local air quality information - Oct 11 2016, 11:00 AM
The consultation paper National Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Programme 2017-2022 provides a roadmap for the overall development of ambient air quality monitoring in Ireland over the next five years

"Ireland at a crossroads- our decisions today will have implications for decades to come," says EPA Director General - Sep 21 2016, 4:00 PM
Ireland has particular vulnerabilities to climate change and has a very strong stake in ensuring that global action on reducing carbon emissions is effective, according to Laura Burke, Director General of the EPA. Speaking at the annual ‘Environment Ireland’ conference, she stressed the need for urgent transformation of our energy, transport and agriculture sectors. She also highlighted the need to re-frame the discussion of de-carbonisation as a positive, not a negative.

"Ireland at a crossroads- our decisions today will have implications for decades to come," says EPA Director General - Sep 22 2016, 9:00 AM
Ireland has particular vulnerabilities to climate change and has a very strong stake in ensuring that global action on reducing carbon emissions is effective, according to Laura Burke, Director General of the EPA. Speaking at the annual ‘Environment Ireland’ conference, she stressed the need for urgent transformation of our energy, transport and agriculture sectors. She also highlighted the need to re-frame the discussion of de-carbonisation as a positive, not a negative.

€2 million in research funding announced by EPA- Putting knowledge into action on Sustainability - Sep 01 2016, 10:23 AM
The EPA today announced that almost €2 million is to be made available to Irish researchers to conduct research in the area of sustainability.

EPA facilitation assists Irish researchers in securing €7 million in EU funding for Environmental Research - Aug 08 2016, 2:26 PM
Irish environmental researchers have secured over €7 million in funding for environmental research during the first two years of Europe’s flagship research programme, Horizon 2020.

Making it Easier for You to Get Information About Your Local Water Catchment and Get Involved in Protecting It - Jun 08 2016, 9:30 AM
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Planning for Climate Change adaptation now essential for Ireland’s social & economic resilience – EPA publishes guidance for local authorities - May 25 2016, 10:01 AM
The EPA has today published Guidelines to make it easier for local authorities to plan for the inevitable consequences of climate change. The Guidelines were officially launched by Denis Naughten, TD, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources in Athlone today.

Composting and Anaerobic Digestion of waste continues to grow in 2015 - May 03 2016, 11:15 AM
The EPA has today released 2015 figures on composting and anaerobic digestion of biodegradable waste in Ireland, coinciding with the opening of the Global Organic Resources Congress in Dublin.

Fourteen homes in Co. Clare have tested high for radon in 2015 - Apr 25 2016, 11:43 AM
Fourteen homes in Co. Clare have tested high for the cancer causing gas radon so far this year. Figures released today by the EPA’s Office of Radiological Protection show that homes with high levels of naturally occurring radon have been found in Ennis, Clarecastle, Corofin, Ennistymon, Tulla and Quin. One home in Ennis had over nine times the acceptable level. For the occupants of this home, the radiation dose they are exposed to is equivalent to receiving about 6 chest X-rays every day.

Environmental Protection Agency releases updated Remedial Action List - Apr 20 2016, 2:53 PM
The EPA has today updated the Remedial Action List for public drinking water supplies.

Greenhouse gas emissions from Ireland’s ETS sector increased in 2015, EPA reports - Apr 19 2016, 10:19 AM
Participants in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme based in Ireland reported 5.5 per cent more greenhouse gas emissions in 2015 than in 2014. This is compared to a fall of approximately 0.4 per cent across Europe in Emissions Trading Scheme emissions.

93 per cent of Irish bathing waters meet minimum EU Standards - Apr 04 2016, 4:25 PM
- 93 per cent of Irish bathing waters meet minimum EU Standards - Three quarters of bathing waters continue to be of ‘Excellent’ quality for the second year running The EPA report for Bathing Water Quality in Ireland in 2015shows that despite a cool and, at times, wet and windy summer, the overall quality of Ireland’s bathing waters continues to be extremely good, with the stricter standards providing a high level of protection for bathers.

Keen to live green? What households can do. - Mar 15 2016, 10:34 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today launched the new Livegreen.ie online resource for householders and families. Livegreen.ie provides trusted and reliable advice and guidance on a range of environmental and health matters, supporting the public in accessing up to date environmental information.

The EPA welcomes publication of Central Statistics Office data on environmental attitudes and behaviours - Mar 14 2016, 9:59 AM
The EPA welcomes the publication today, by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), of the results of the Quarterly National Household Survey module on Household Environmental Behaviours.

EPA 2015 in Review - Feb 11 2016, 8:55 AM
Last year, 2015, saw a major step forward in global and local actions on climate change, according to Laura Burke, Director General of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). She was speaking at the release of a review of EPA activities in 2015.

EPA launches its Strategic Plan 2016-2020 – ‘Our Environment, Our Wellbeing’ - Jan 28 2016, 10:19 AM
The EPA today launched their Strategic Plan for 2016 – 2020, titled ‘Our Environment, Our Wellbeing’. The Strategic Plan highlights the importance of a clean, protected environment for our health, our wellbeing and our quality of life.

EPA publishes 2014 Annual Report - Feb 02 2016, 2:54 PM
A welcome shift away from landfill; an expanded role in implementing the Water Framework Directive; more than 1,300 industrial and waste site visits and 14 prosecutions – these are among the highlights in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Annual Report for 2014 published today.

EPA Statement re Prime Time Programme of 7 Jan 2016 featuring ENVA - Jan 07 2016, 10:00 PM
Following last night’s Prime Time programme featuring ENVA Ireland Ltd in Portlaoise, the EPA would like to reiterate some vital points it made many times to the programme makers, and in all key correspondence, but which did not come through in the programme that finally aired.

National Greenhouse Gas Emissions respond to warmer winter and warming economy - Dec 15 2015, 11:00 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today releases provisional greenhouse gas emissions figures today for the time period 1990 – 2014. For 2014, total national greenhouse gas emissions are estimated to be 58.2 million tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (Mt CO2 eq) which is 0.7 % lower than emissions in 2013.

EPA to target further enforcement action at waste facilities to reduce odour and fire risks - Dec 08 2015, 4:30 PM
The EPA Licensed Sites - Report on Waste Enforcement 2014 released today, shows that fire prevention remains a key priority at waste facilities.

Strategic planning is needed to address Ireland's climate challenges - Nov 27 2015, 12:24 PM
The EPA has today published a new research report on high resolution regional climate modelling projections for Ireland. The report reveals how key features of Ireland’s climate, including the average temperature, rainfall and the types of storms, are projected to change over the coming decades.

Counties Cork, Donegal and Galway fail to provide adequate sewage treatment facilities to meet EU standards - Nov 24 2015, 10:15 AM
The EPA Urban Waste Water Treatment Report for 2014, released today, highlights the need for investment in waste water infrastructure to eliminate the discharge of raw sewage from urban areas and to meet European Union standards intended to prevent the adverse environmental and public health effects associated with sewage.

Population on boil water notices at an historic low. Elimination of the threat of long-term boil water notices is a priority. - Oct 14 2015, 4:43 PM
The EPA Drinking Water Report 2014, released today, shows a high level of compliance with the microbiological and chemical standards.

Farm Hazardous Waste Collection Campaign 2015 - Oct 05 2015, 10:24 AM
Farmers will once again have an opportunity to dispose of their hazardous farm waste at temporary bring centres at ten locations throughout the country during October and November 2015.

Public Consultation Launched for new Environmental Protection Agency Draft Strategy 2016-2020 - Oct 01 2015, 2:59 PM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today announced that it is seeking the views of the public on the Agency’s fifth formal strategy, before its finalisation later this year. The deadline for submissions is Friday 23 October 2015.

We live in Ireland as though we had 3.2 planets at our disposal - Becoming more sustainable will enhance our health, our wellbeing and our economy - Sep 16 2015, 9:00 AM
We need to mobilise the four and a half million people living in Ireland to place the environment at the heart of their decisions and actions every single day - only by doing this can we build a sustainable future.

Commencement of an international peer review of Ireland’s radiation safety regulatory arrangements against international standards - Sep 02 2015, 10:06 AM
The Minister for Environment, Community, and Local Government, Mr Alan Kelly TD, welcomed a team of senior international experts to Ireland to commence a review of Ireland’s radiation safety regulatory arrangements against international standards in compliance with European directives.

Odour and noise nuisance from industrial & waste facilities top complaints from the public - Aug 25 2015, 11:45 PM
The EPA Licensed Sites Report on Air Emissions 2014, shows that the performance of over 750 EPA licensed activities, in terms of controlling pollutant emissions to atmosphere, is generally very good.

EPA-funded research develops novel solution for removing Cryptosporidium from water supplies - Jun 29 2015, 8:00 AM
The EPA has published the results of significant collaborative research between Athlone Institute of Technology and National University of Ireland, Galway led by Professor Neil Rowan. This research has developed high-intensity pulsed light as a novel technology for disinfecting drinking water.

Emissions of pollutants to air from large industrial activities in Ireland are reducing according to EPA report - Jun 10 2015, 4:51 PM
The EPA has today published a report on Ireland’s 2013 European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register for large industrial facilities. The report summarises mass releases of specified pollutants above certain thresholds from facilities covered by the European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register legislation.

EPA welcomes publication of national strategy to reduce exposure to lead in drinking water - Jun 09 2015, 3:37 PM
The EPA welcomes the publication today, by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government and the Department of Health, of the National Strategy to Reduce Exposure to Lead in Drinking Water.

National Radon Control Strategy – One Year On - Jun 03 2015, 9:22 AM
The twelfth National Radon Forum, to be held at EPA Headquarters in Wexford today, will review progress on the implementation of the National Radon Control Strategy. Participants will hear of work to make information about radon more accessible to homeowners and employers, to improve the effectiveness of preventive measures in new buildings and to ensure public confidence in the radon industry.

Ireland hosts IPCC meeting on Climate Change, Food Security and Agriculture - May 27 2015, 9:57 AM
Over the next three days, Ireland, through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), will host a meeting for over 60 global experts on climate change, food security and agriculture. The experts will consider the state of scientific understanding about food production, an issue that is central to global actions on climate change.

Assessment of Emissions to Air at ENVA Ireland Ltd, Portlaoise - May 13 2015, 1:21 PM
The EPA has today published an interim status report into its review of air emissions from ENVA Ireland Ltd, Clonminam Industrial Estate, Portlaoise, Co. Laois.

EPA’s App makes it easy for people to report environmental pollution - May 06 2015, 9:28 AM
The Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly T.D. today launched the Android version of the successful Environmental Protection Agency See it? Say it! App. The App has been developed to help people report any environmental pollution they see via their phones.

94 per cent of Irish bathing waters meet new stricter EU Standards - Apr 20 2015, 11:55 PM
Overall, the quality of Ireland’s bathing waters continues to be very good and new standards introduced in 2014 provide a much higher level of protection for bathers. 94 per cent of Irish bathing waters meet new stricter EU Standards. Three quarters of bathing waters were rated as being of ‘Excellent’ quality.

Kerdiffstown Landfill Remediation Project confirmed - Apr 21 2015, 4:30 PM
Kildare County Council and the EPA today welcome news from the Department of Environment, Community & Local Government of continued funding for the remediation of Kerdiffstown Landfill to protect the environment surrounding the site.

94 per cent of Irish bathing waters meet new stricter EU Standards - Apr 20 2015, 11:55 PM
Overall, the quality of Ireland’s bathing waters continues to be very good and new standards introduced in 2014 provide a much higher level of protection for bathers. 94 per cent of Irish bathing waters meet new stricter EU Standards. Three quarters of bathing waters were rated as being of ‘Excellent’ quality.

Greenhouse gas emissions from Ireland’s cement sector increased in 2014, EPA reports - Apr 13 2015, 9:24 AM
Greenhouse gas emissions from Ireland’s cement sector increased in 2014, EPA reports “The need to decouple economic recovery from increased CO2 emissions is evident” says EPA Participants in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme based in Ireland reported 1.7 per cent more greenhouse gas emissions in 2014 than in 2013. This is compared to a fall of approximately 4% across the EU in Emission Trading Scheme emissions. The increase is largely due to increased emissions from the cement sector (an increase of 31 per cent overall from the four Irish plants) and reflects increased production due to a rising demand for cement.

80 homes recently tested in Mayo have unacceptably high levels of radon - Apr 09 2015, 4:39 PM
Following the EPA's campaign last November encouraging Mayo homeowners to test their homes for the radioactive gas radon, 80 homes in areas across the county including Ballina, Crossmolina, Claremorris, Kiltimagh and Castlebar tested above the acceptable level.

Loading the Dice- The role of climate change in storms and floods- EPA Climate Change Lecture Series - Mar 11 2015, 10:10 AM
Professor Myles Allen will present the next EPA Climate Change Lecture in the Mansion House today, Wednesday 11th March.

Half of legal actions taken by EPA in 2013 were against waste operators - Mar 04 2015, 3:38 PM
The EPA report on waste enforcement, released today, shows that half of legal actions taken by the EPA were against waste facilities. Waste licences, which represent 15 per cent of EPA licences, are disproportionately represented in EPA legal actions.

State of the European Environment 2015 - Mar 03 2015, 9:00 AM
The European Environment Agency (EEA) today released its State of the Environment Report (SOER) 2015. This report provides a comprehensive assessment of the European environment’s state, trends and prospects, and places it in a global context.

Preparations for IAEA review of radiation protection regulation in Ireland - Feb 17 2015, 2:24 PM
Representatives of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) arrived in Dublin today to make final preparations for a formal review of Ireland’s radiation protection regulatory framework against international standards in compliance with European directives.

Review of first year of National Inspection Plan for septic tanks shows that almost half of household septic tanks fail inspection - Feb 03 2015, 10:00 AM
The EPA today released a review of the implementation of the National Inspection Plan for Domestic Waste Water Treatment Systems 2013, for the period 1st July 2013 – 30th June 2014. The National Inspection Plan is being implemented by local authorities under the supervision of the EPA.

A Year in Review- EPA highlights from 2014 - Jan 22 2015, 9:00 AM
EPA Director General, Laura Burke, reviews key activities undertaken by the EPA during 2014 and sets out environmental protection challenges for 2015.

Further drinking water restrictions likely unless systems improve - Jan 20 2015, 12:05 AM
Monitoring of public drinking water quality in Ireland shows that: 99.8 % of samples comply with microbiological limits. 99.5 % of samples comply with chemical limits.

38 of Ireland’s Largest Sewage Discharges Fail to Meet Treatment Standard - Dec 12 2014, 12:00 AM
The EPA Urban Waste Water Report 2013, shows that significant improvement is needed in the infrastructure and management of waste water from Ireland’s towns and villages.

National greenhouse gas emissions lower in 2013, however, increases recorded in agriculture, transport and households - Dec 02 2014, 4:18 PM
The EPA released provisional greenhouse gas emissions figures today which show that total greenhouse gas emissions fell by 0.7% to 57.81 million tonnes in 2013. While the overall reduction in greenhouse gas emissions is welcome, the picture in individual sectors is mixed; specifically, those sectors not part of the EU emissions trading scheme all show increased emissions.

EPA figures show less waste going to landfill and more to energy recovery - Nov 20 2014, 10:02 AM
The EPA today published three waste bulletins that provide the latest trends on household waste; treatment of residual waste (typically black bin waste); composting and anaerobic digestion.

EPA publishes 2013 Annual Report & Accounts - Nov 19 2014, 2:26 PM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today published its Annual Report for the year ended 31 December 2013.

One in six homes tested in Mayo has unacceptably high levels of radon - Nov 14 2014, 12:31 PM
The EPA’s Office of Radiological Protection has today launched a dedicated communications campaign to generate awareness of the dangerously high levels of radon gas in Co. Mayo.

EPA Climate Change Lecture 5th November: Climate Change Now- The Impacts - Nov 04 2014, 2:58 PM
Dr Chris Field, one of the key authors of that report will present the next lecture in the EPA's climate change lecture series this week. Dr Field is the Co-Chair of IPCC working group II which looked at the impacts of climate change and adaptation options and will talk about their findings. The lecture takes place on Wednesday 5th November, in the Mansion House.

Industry could save €7 billion over 10 years through resource efficiency activities - Nov 04 2014, 11:06 AM
Improving resource efficiency and resource productivity could yield savings of €7 billion for Irish businesses, an EPA-funded research study has found.

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