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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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-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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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 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.

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.

"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.

€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.

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.

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.

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.

‘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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

€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.

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.

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.

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.

‘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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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