January 2005

EPA Prosecutes Murray Timber (Ballon) Limited - Jan 27 2005, 12:00 PM
Murray Timber (Ballon) Limited pleaded guilty to two charges under Sections 8 and 84(2) of the Environmental Protection Agency Acts, 1992 and 2003 at Tullow District Court, Co Carlow on the 27 January 2005. The charges related to the failure by the company to comply with conditions of its Integrated Pollution Control (IPC) Licence

EPA Prosecutes E Smithwick & Sons Limited - Jan 18 2005, 12:00 PM
The EPA successfully prosecuted E Smithwick & Sons Limited for breaches of its integrated pollution control (IPC) licence, Reg. No. 448, at Kilkenny District Court on 18 January 2005.


February 2005

EPA Warns Householders and Businesses about Illegal Dumping - Feb 23 2005, 4:00 PM
The EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement is working with Meath County Council to investigate incidents of illegal dumping of waste in County Meath. The focus of the initial investigations will be to gather sufficient evidence to establish who was responsible for the illegal dumping that has taken place and to bring to justice those involved in this environmental crime.

EPA announces provisional allocations to major emitters of Greenhouse Gases - Feb 22 2005, 12:00 PM
The EPA today released details of the final National Allocation Methodology 2005–2007 which defines the basis on which allocations of greenhouse gas emission allowances will be made under the Emissions Trading Directive. The EPA has also released a Provisional Allocation Decision based on this methodology.

EPA welcomes entry into force of the Kyoto Protocol - Feb 15 2005, 5:15 PM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) welcomes entry into force of the Kyoto Protocol. “The reality of climate change is clear from the fact that average temperature has risen by 0.9 oC in Europe over the past century, and sea levels have been rising at an annual rate of up to 2 mm per annum” said the EPA’s Director General, Dr. Mary Kelly. “International research has shown that the global trends cannot be explained by natural climate variability alone. Factors such as the build up of atmospheric greenhouse gases are contributing to the observed changes and extreme events seen in recent years. Kyoto marks the first step in facing up to this reality”.

EPA hears objections to its Proposed Decision on incineration in Ringaskiddy - Feb 14 2005, 9:00 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today began an oral hearing in Cork. The oral hearing has been convened by the EPA to listen to objections and concerns about its Proposed Decision to licence Indaver (Ireland) to develop a waste incineration facility at Ringaskiddy, Co Cork.

A win-win solution for farming, for our Kyoto targets, and for the environment - Feb 02 2005, 9:00 AM
An underdeveloped Irish industry has the potential to be a win-win solution for farming, for our Kyoto targets, and for the environment according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in a discussion paper on “centralised anaerobic digestion” released today


March 2005

Agbiota Conference - Mar 30 2005, 5:24 PM
The impact of farming on Ireland’s flora and fauna will be discussed at tomorrow’s (31/03/05) one-day EPA/UCD conference on biological diversity in the Irish countryside.

Judge Refuses Jurisdiction in EPA Court Case - Mar 10 2005, 4:47 PM
At Shannon District Court today Judge Mangan refused jurisdiction on proceedings brought by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) against Schwarz Pharma Limited, Shannon Free Zone, Shannon, Co. Clare.

Oral hearing begins on licence for incineration in Carranstown, Co. Meath - Mar 07 2005, 7:00 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today began an oral hearing in Drogheda. The oral hearing has been convened by the EPA to listen to objections and concerns about its Proposed Decision to licence Indaver Ireland (Branch of Indaver NV) to develop a waste incineration facility at Carranstown, Duleek, Co Meath.

EPA Prosecutes AIBP, Rathkeale - Mar 04 2005, 10:19 AM
The EPA prosecuted AIBP Ltd t/a AIBP Rathkeale at Newcastle West District Court on the 24th February 2005. The company admitted breaching conditions of its Integrated Pollution Control (IPC) licence and causing the pollution of the River Deel.

EPA Publishes Annual Highlights 2004 - Mar 02 2005, 11:16 AM
Launching the Environmental Protection Agency’s Annual Highlights 2004 document, the Director General of the EPA, Dr Mary Kelly said “2004 was an extremely active year for the EPA. The EPA Annual Highlights 2004 has been prepared to provide information on the key undertakings of the EPA during 2004 and our key priorities for 2005”


April 2005

Real Time Air Quality Monitoring in Wexford - Apr 27 2005, 11:45 AM
Real time air quality data for Wexford is now available on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website www.epa.ie. The EPA began assessing air quality in Wexford town on 10th March 2005, using an EPA mobile laboratory at Wexford County Council buildings. This work is part of a comprehensive assessment of air quality in all major cities and towns in Ireland.

Air Quality at the click of a button! - Apr 21 2005, 10:36 AM
Dr Ciaran O’Donnell of the EPA, at the opening day of the 35th Annual Sherkin Island Conference, stated that the Environmental Protection Agency is measuring Ireland’s air quality in accordance with EU Directives and making the data available at the click of a button. This provides access to air quality information in real time via the EPA website www.epa.ie.

“Reduce waste – improve profits” - Launch of Waste Prevention and Minimisation Training - Apr 20 2005, 9:00 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency is pleased to announce that a Certified Training Programme in Waste Prevention and Minimisation gets underway today. The course is open to business and other professionals and will be repeated annually.


May 2005

EPA hosts conference of GMO Regulators - May 26 2005, 9:00 AM
The EPA is hosting the European Enforcement Project (EEP) Conference of Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) enforcement regulators in Dublin today and tomorrow, May 26th and 27th 2005.

“Mind the Environment – check the facts” -website section to help plan and programme-makers to protect the environment - May 18 2005, 11:58 AM
Mind the environment and check the facts: this is the message to plan and programme makers as the EPA launches its new website section to provide detailed information on the environment.

Briefing note on EPA's Air Quality and Emissions to Air Report 2003 - May 20 2005, 11:09 AM
This briefing note presents the findings of the EPA's Air Quality and Emissions to Air Report for 2003 provides an overview of ambient air quality in 2003 and air emissions trends between 1990 and 2003. The Report states that air quality in Ireland complied with the 2003 air quality standards then in force for all pollutants. However, it cites increasing traffic emissions as a key challenge to Ireland’s ability to comply with more stringent air quality standards in the future

Galway residents feel strongly about protecting their environment - May 10 2005, 11:28 AM
Transition year students from four Galway city schools participated in the 2004/2005 EPA School’s Environmental Research Project, which is now in its tenth year. They presented the findings from their research into local environmental issues at the Galway Bay Hotel, Salthill on Thursday 5th May.

Quality of Ireland’s bathing waters remains high - May 05 2005, 3:59 PM
The quality of Ireland’s bathing waters continues to be of a high standard according to findings released today by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA’s Bathing Water Report 2004 also points to the positive impact of wastewater treatment facilities on bathing water quality.

EPA responsible for the protection of human health from emissions from licenced facilities - May 05 2005, 3:58 PM
“All EU environmental legislation, on which national legislation is based, has as its basis the protection of human health as well as the protection of the wider environment, said Dr Padraic Larkin, EPA Director, Office of Licensing and Guidance at the annual Cré conference on composting in Ireland in Portlaoise today.

EPA welcomes today’s policy Direction by Minister Roche on illegal waste activity - May 03 2005, 4:00 PM
EPA welcomes the Ministerial Direction on illegal waste activity issued today. The policy Direction strengthens work already underway by the EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement on illegal waste activities.


June 2005

Judge Refuses Jurisdiction in Cases against Waterford County and City Councils - Jun 10 2005, 4:00 PM
At Waterford District Court today, Judge William Hartnett refused jurisdiction on proceedings brought by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) against Waterford County Council and Waterford City Council in relation to the Tramore and Kilbarry landfills. The alleged charges related to breaches of conditions of the Waste Management Licences granted to the local authorities by the EPA and specifically to offences under Section 39 of the Waste Management Act 1996 – 2003.

Compliance with Packaging Regulations Increased - Jun 30 2005, 11:00 AM
Compliance with Packaging Regulations has increased in the last twelve months, said Dara Lynott, EPA Director, speaking at the REPAK Members conference today. These Regulations oblige business and commercial organisations that place packaging on the market to aid its recovery and recycling. The EPA’s Enforcement Network has helped local authorities to identify and take action against non compliant major producers of packaging waste.

National Environmental Enforcement Network Conference - Jun 15 2005, 11:00 AM
A National Enforcement Network conference entitled Working Together on Water Protection and Enforcement is underway today and tomorrow (15th and 16th June). Hosted by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Enforcement, the conference will highlight the urgency of tackling water pollution in Ireland and will focus on achieving water quality improvements.

Water Quality in Ireland Report 2001-2003 - Jun 13 2005, 10:41 AM
Water Quality in Ireland Report 2001-2003 - Mon, 13 Jun 2005 10:41:00 IST Serious Water Pollution reduces as Waste Water Treatment Improves - Progress made in the late 1990s in reducing the extent of rivers affected by over-enrichment has not been sustained - Agricultural & Municipal Discharges are the main threats to Water Quality.


July 2005

Caustic Soda Leak into Cork Harbour - Jul 02 2005, 9:08 AM
"The EPA were advised of the incident in Cork harbour by ADM, Ringaskiddy, on Sunday morning, 3rd July. The company (ADM) advised that 250 tonnes of caustic soda (sodium hydroxide) had leaked into the foreshore of Cork harbour during offloading from a ship. They also made clear that they had followed industry procedures in such circumstances: They took samples from the harbour; they flushed the area with water; they notified the required bodies including the EPA, the South Western Regional Fisheries Board, Cork County Council and the Sanitary Authority.

Refusal to grant waste licence to Roadstone at Blessington - Jul 13 2005, 2:13 PM
The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a Proposed Decision to refuse to grant a waste licence to Roadstone Dublin Limited for a landfill at Blessington, County Wicklow.


August 2005

Treatment Systems for Single Houses - Aug 24 2005, 11:30 PM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently sponsored research into effective wastewater treatment systems for single houses. The research involved a series of rigorous trials of various wastewater treatment systems to assess the performance of septic tanks and other small-scale secondary treatment applications. Researchers from the Environmental Engineering Group from Trinity College undertook the project, on behalf of the EPA.

New Procedures for Communication of Incidents - Aug 15 2008, 5:32 PM
The EPA is currently reviewing our procedures for communication of incidents to the public. As and from 15th August 2005 the News Centre section of the EPA website will contain details of any new incidents reported to the EPA and requiring investigation.

Statement from EPA in relation to GlaxoSmithKline - Aug 10 2005, 5:57 PM
The EPA received notification from GlaxoSmithKline by fax and phone call to the EPA office in Cork on Friday 15 April 2005 informing us that a waste pipe-line containing aqueous waste was discovered to be connected to the wastewater treatment plant instead of being transferred for incineration. Discharge from the waste line to the wastewater treatment facility immediately ceased and the pipes were disconnected.

Business to Business (B2B) Green Mentors - Aug 10 2005, 5:51 PM
The Business to Business (B2B) Green Mentor is a programme which focuses on waste prevention for companies in the mid-west region. This project is funded under the EPA’s Cleaner Greener Production Programme and is managed by the Regional Waste Management Office, representing Limerick City Council and Limerick, Clare and Kerry County Councils. The project encourages larger companies to become Green Mentors, by providing assistance on waste prevention to smaller companies in their sector or geographical area, or to their suppliers.

Remedial Works at Silvermines - Aug 08 2005, 3:00 PM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) welcomes the announcement made last week by the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources, Noel Dempsey T.D., in which he stated that the Government has agreed to assume responsibility for the rehabilitation of the former mines sites at Silvermines, Co. Tipperary. €10.6 million in funding has been allocated for this work.

EPA Prosecutes Roscommon County Council - Aug 02 2005, 4:00 PM
On the 28th July 2005 at Ballaghdereen District Court, Co Roscommon, Roscommon County Council pleaded guilty to offences under Sections 39(1) and 39(9) of the Waste Management Acts 1996 and 2003 for breaches of its Waste Licence (Reg. No. 59-2).


September 2005

EPA Prosecutes Offaly County Council - Sep 29 2005, 4:26 PM
On the 28th September 2005 at Tullamore District Court, Co Offaly, Offaly County Council pleaded guilty to offences under Sections 39(1) and 39(9) of the Waste Management Acts 1996 and 2003 for breaches of its Waste Licence (Reg. No. 29-2).

Report on Unauthorised Waste Activity in Ireland - Sep 15 2005, 12:15 AM
The EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement (OEE) today published its report on The Nature and Extent of Unauthorised Waste Activity in Ireland. Focusing on illegal waste activity since the introduction of the Waste Management Act 1996, the report concludes that large-scale illegal dumping of the type that occurred in Co. Wicklow during the period 1997 to 2002 is no longer taking place.

Environment to become central to policy development - Sep 07 2005, 11:00 AM
Ireland has one of the highest per capita rates of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions in the EU and is one of the furthest from meeting its Kyoto targets according to Dr Mary Kelly, Director General, EPA. Appealing for the environment to be a primary factor in policy making across all aspects of the economy Dr Kelly said that “Ireland’s ‘environmental meter’ is already running with emissions trading expected to cost as much as €116m per annum”. Dr Kelly was speaking at the first EPA sponsored Environment Ireland Conference in Jury’s Hotel, Ballsbridge.


October 2005

Dioxin Levels in the Irish Environment lower - Oct 18 2005, 3:59 PM
The EPA today reported that dioxin levels in Ireland in 2004 were 33% lower than in 1995 and 20% lower than in 2000. In its Report entitled “Dioxin Levels in the Irish Environment (Summer 2004)” the EPA survey confirmed that dioxin levels in Ireland remain among the lowest in Europe. The Report’s findings are based on a survey of dioxins and dioxin-like compounds in cow’s milk undertaken in mid 2004.


November 2005

Invitation to participate in a waste prevention demonstration - Nov 30 2005, 3:44 PM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today launched the Local Authority Prevention Demonstration (LAPD) Programme. The objective of the Programme is to help participating local authorities to overcome barriers to promoting and supporting waste prevention by providing: (a) direct grant-aid to provide in-house resources and (b) input by expert practitioners in waste prevention. Local authorities have today been invited to submit expressions of interest to participate in this major initiative.

European Environment Agency’s state of the European Environment report - Nov 29 2005, 5:15 PM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today welcomed the publication of the European Environment Agency’s (EEA) third state of the European Environment report. A five-year assessment, the report provides an overview of the environment in 31 countries and identifies key challenges for policy makers.

EPA issues licences for incinerators - Nov 25 2005, 9:30 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency has today issued licences for the first two commercial waste incinerators in Ireland. The licences provide for the development of waste incineration facilities by Indaver (Ireland) at Duleek, Co. Meath and Ringaskiddy, Co Cork. Indaver will be responsible for the operation and management of the facilities.

New Leaving Certificate Geography Resource Pack - Nov 11 2005, 3:15 PM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched a new resource pack for Leaving Certificate Geography teachers and students, providing video and written materials for teaching the environmental components of the subject.


December 2005

Local Authorities increase waste enforcement - Dec 20 2005, 5:38 PM
Commenting on two recent successful prosecutions taken by local authorities against non-compliant producers of packaging waste for failure to comply with the Packaging Waste Regulations, Dara Lynott, Director of the EPA’s Office of Environment Enforcement said, “I welcome the increased enforcement effort being undertaken by local authorities and the fact that cases are now appearing before the courts’.

Quality of Drinking Water in Ireland 2004 - Dec 15 2005, 8:00 AM
Drinking water quality is improving according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s national report on The Quality of Drinking Water in Ireland, 2004. The compliance rate for E. coli, the most important indicator of drinking water quality, improved in both public water supplies and group water schemes. The quality of drinking water supplied by sanitary authorities was satisfactory in 2004 - the overall rate of compliance with drinking water standards was 96.4 per cent. The sanitary authorities provided this water to 84 cent of the population in public water supplies and to public group schemes (which get their water from public supplies).

EPA Prosecutes Cavan County Council - Dec 09 2005, 4:13 PM
On the 8th December 2005 at Cavan District Court, Co Cavan, Cavan County Council pleaded guilty to charges brought by the Environmental Protection Agency in relation to offences under Sections 39(1) and 39(9) of the Waste Management Acts 1996 to 2003 for breaches of its Waste Licence (Reg. No. 77-1).

EPA Prosecutes T & J Standish (Roscrea) Limited - Dec 06 2005, 11:54 AM
On 5th December 2005 at Roscrea District Court, Co. Offaly, T & J Standish (Roscrea) Limited were prosecuted by the EPA in relation to offences under Sections 8 & 84(2) of the Environmental Protection Agency Acts, 1992 and 2003 and Section 3(1) & 3(2) of the Local Government (Water Pollution) Act 1977.