Date released: Feb 16 2017, 11:00 AM
The EPA recently celebrated 20 years in The Glen in Monaghan.
Ray Smith, EPA Regional Manager, explained the role played by the EPA’s Monaghan office, part of a network of six EPA offices across the country,
“The regional office was officially opened in late 1996 and includes a purpose built laboratory as well as office facilities. In the early days, the primary role was in the provision of laboratory analytical services to local authorities in the North East. Over the last 20 years, our work in the North East has evolved to meet the needs of our customers and stakeholders. Today, in addition to a much expanded role in water quality monitoring and analysis, the 12-strong team in The Glen monitors emissions from licensed sites in the region and compiles national emission inventories of greenhouse gas and air pollution from all sectors of the economy for submission to European and international bodies.”
Ray Smith reflected on the changes the EPA has seen in Monaghan:
“The EPA has been monitoring rivers and lakes in the northeast region over the past 20 years. While we have seen some improvements in water quality, significant challenges remain if we are to ensure that the north-east’s waterways will be accessible and healthy into the future and will provide a diverse landscape that supports livelihoods, habitats and rich wildlife. In particular, pressures associated with agricultural practices, urban wastewater treatment plants, domestic waste water treatment systems and forestry threaten the ability of those of us living in the region to protect and improve our waterways. Further improvements are needed to meet EU Water Framework Directive objectives and, more than ever, it is critical that local communities are involved in management and decision making related to protecting and improving water resources.”
Ray Smith concluded,
“We in the EPA are committed to playing our part in protecting the environment and we recognise the need to work with other stakeholders to deliver better environmental outcomes for all citizens. In essence the need for a strong EPA presence in the North East has never been greater.”
The main functions and roles of the EPA’s Monaghan office can be broadly categorised as follows:
Notes to Editor
Environmental Protection Agency: The Environmental Protection Agency is responsible for protecting and improving the environment as a valuable asset for the people of Ireland. We are committed to protecting people and the environment from the harmful effects of radiation and pollution. We play key roles in environmental regulation, provision of knowledge and advocacy for the environment.
EPA Headquarters: Johnstown Castle Estate, Wexford, Phone: 053-916 0600
Regional Inspectorates: Dublin, Cork, Castlebar, Monaghan, Kilkenny
Follow EPA on Twitter:
Queries/complaints about licensed sites: The EPA protects the environment by regulating complex activities in sectors such as industry, waste, wastewater discharge, agriculture, extractive waste, dumping at sea and fuel storage. We welcome queries and complaints from the public. Such reports are a valuable source of information for the EPA in conducting enforcement activities.
General environmental complaints: The public can use the See it? Say it! App or call the National Complaints Line - a 24 hour lo-call telephone number 1850 365 121- to report general environmental issues. Local authorities and/or An Garda Síochána and the EPA will follow up on the information provided by the public.
Water Catchments: There are many ways to get involved in looking after your community’s catchment. Visit the award-winning catchments.ie website for more information. For example:
My Local Environment: The EPA provides information online about the state of your local environment, from local air or water quality to information about licensed sites. To find out more about your local environment, visit the EPA’s mapping application My Local Environment, on the EPA website epa.ie.
Ireland’s Environment: To find out about the state of Ireland’s environment visit the Ireland's Environment website.