January 2006

EPA Prosecutes ADM Ringaskiddy - Jan 30 2006, 3:30 PM
On the 30th January 2006 at Cork District Court, ADM Ringaskiddy pleaded guilty to a charge brought by the Environmental Protection Agency in relation to an offence under Sections 8 and 84(2) of the Environmental Protection Agency Acts 1992 and 2003 for a breach of its IPC Licence (Reg. No. 53).

EPA Opens First EU Auction for Emissions Trading - Jan 27 2006, 9:34 AM
The EPA has launched the first EU Auction for Greenhouse Gas Allowances under the Emissions Trading Scheme today. The Auction is open to anyone with a registry account listed on the Community Transaction Log, as operated by the European Commission. The auction provides interested parties with an accessible way to purchase allowances from a Government source.

EPA states that Good Air Quality cannot be taken for granted - Jan 24 2006, 4:55 PM
Air quality was generally good throughout the country in 2004. Recorded concentrations of the pollutants of most concern, particulate matter (PM10) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) were lower than in 2003. However, meeting stricter air quality standards in future years is not guaranteed, particularly in urban centres subject to heavy traffic.

EPA Prosecutes Boots Retail under the WEEE Regulations - Jan 24 2006, 4:49 PM
On 23 January 2006 Boots Retail (Ireland) Ltd pleaded guilty to charges brought by the Environmental Protection Agency in relation to offences under the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations 2005.

Good progress made towards national and EU waste recycling targets - Jan 09 2006, 5:36 PM
Good progress continues to be made towards national and EU waste recycling targets. This is according to the National Waste Report 2004 published today by the Environmental Protection Agency.


February 2006

Schwarz Pharma Limited Prosecuted on Indictment - Feb 14 2006, 5:14 PM
Schwarz Pharma Limited today pleaded guilty to 11 offences under Sections 8, 82 and 84 of the Environmental Protection Agency Acts, 1992 and 2003.

Refusal of landfill remediation application by Roadstone Dublin Ltd at Blessington - Feb 10 2006, 7:55 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency has confirmed its earlier decision to refuse permission to Roadstone Dublin Limited to construct an engineered landfill for the disposal of waste at its site in Blessington, Co Wicklow. The EPA requires all potentially polluting wastes to be excavated, processed and dispatched off-site for safe disposal in authorised facilities.

Annual Highlights 2005 Enforcement Delivering Results for Ireland’s Environment - Feb 09 2006, 12:00 AM
Highlights: · Large scale illegal dumping is no longer occurring. · However, vigilance required to keep new waste scourges at bay – unauthorised waste collection, backyard burning and fly-tipping. · Improved enforcement of environmental legislation: · Greenhouse gas emissions trading for Ireland now well-established.


March 2006

Water Pollution Warnings Direct to Desktop - Mar 31 2006, 12:00 PM
Instant alerts on pollution incidents, falling water quality levels and poisonous plankton blooms in bays, rivers and lakes all over Ireland may soon be delivered directly to computer screens anywhere in the country thanks to a programme of new and innovative technologies, funded by the Marine Institute (MI) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Greenhouse gas emissions increased slightly in 2004 – final figures released - Mar 29 2006, 9:00 AM
Following the release earlier in the year of provisional figures for Ireland’s emissions of greenhouse gases up to 2004, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today released its finalised inventory for the period.

EPA launches Phosphorus Regulations Report 2005 - Mar 21 2006, 11:50 PM
Slight improvement in water quality in rivers and lakes - latest EPA report on the implementation of the Phosphorus Regulations, released to coincide with World Water Day, welcomes trend but warns much more needs to be done.

EPA Grants Restricted Licence to T & J Standish - Mar 09 2006, 10:00 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency has granted a restricted licence to T & J Standish (Roscrea) Limited, which requires the company to cease the operation of the two vacuum pressure treatment units at the site (tanalisers).

EPA Provides Real Time Air Quality Monitoring in Ennis - Mar 07 2006, 3:43 PM
Real time air quality data for Ennis is now available on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website www.epa.ie. The EPA began assessing air quality in Ennis on 24th January 2006, using an EPA mobile laboratory positioned at the premises of Ennis Town Council.

€2 million funding for technological solutions to environmental issues - Mar 02 2006, 4:01 PM
15 new projects have secured EPA funding of almost €2 million to develop technology-driven solutions to environmental issues.


April 2006

Irish householders say yes to recycling - Apr 27 2006, 12:26 PM
Irish householders are happy to recycle, a major survey has revealed, but do not recognise that reducing the amount of waste we generate is a priority for addressing the waste challenge.

Metal Pollution of River Sediment in Certain Sections of the Drish and Rossestown Rivers - Apr 27 2006, 12:06 PM
On 26th April 2006 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) received results of analysis on river sediment, taken from the Drish River (also known as the Black River) and the Rossestown River, from Anglo American Lisheen Mining Ltd.

Improved Compliance with Price Display and WEEE Regulations - Apr 12 2006, 11:09 AM
A joint inspection initiative between the Office of the Director of Consumer Affairs (ODCA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was undertaken in 2005 and completed early this year, which has improved compliance with Regulations in the electrical retail shops surveyed.

Proposed licence for remediation of an illegal landfill at Whitestown - Apr 07 2006, 7:35 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a Proposed Decision to grant a restricted waste licence to Brownfield Restoration Ireland Limited for the remediation of an illegal landfill at Whitestown Lower, Co. Wicklow.

Enhanced integration of state responses to illegal waste activities - Apr 03 2006, 2:13 PM
The EPA's Office of Environmental Enforcement has organised a conference on waste enforcement. The conference brings together all the relevant state agencies involved in tackling illegal waste activities.


May 2006

Draft Allocation Plan for Second Period (2008-2012) of Emissions Trading - May 11 2006, 4:18 PM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today published a draft of Ireland’s second National Allocation Plan for Emissions Trading in Ireland.

EPA Prosecutes Argos Distributors (Ireland) Ltd under the WEEE Regulations - May 09 2006, 1:04 PM
On 8 May 2006 Argos Distributors (Ireland) Ltd pleaded guilty to charges brought by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in relation to two offences under the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations 2005.

Ireland's Bathing Water Quality Remains Good - May 09 2006, 7:00 AM
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 2005 also points to the positive impact of wastewater treatment facilities on bathing water quality.

EPA gives consent for GM potato field trials - May 05 2006, 7:35 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today given consent to BASF Plant Science GmbH, Ludwigshafen, Germany, to carry out field trials on genetically modified (GM) potato lines with improved resistance to late potato blight. The consent is subject to ten conditions.

EPA Prosecutes Greenstar Recycling (Munster) Ltd - May 04 2006, 3:24 PM
On May 4th, 2006 at Cork City District Court the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) prosecution against Greenstar Recycling (Munster) Ltd. Sarsfieldcourt Industrial Estate, Glanmire, Co. Cork was concluded. Judge O’Leary found the case proven but in the circumstances applied the Probation Act and awarded costs to the EPA totalling €20,000.

EPA launches research project on biodiversity and environmental change - May 04 2006, 12:23 PM
A novel research project, to provide necessary information for protecting the diversity of Ireland’s flora and fauna, was launched today by Mr Larry Stapleton, Director, EPA. The project, entitled BioChange, is led by Trinity College Dublin and funded by the EPA.

EPA Prosecutes Spectra Photo Limited under the WEEE Regulations - May 03 2006, 2:47 PM
On 2 May 2006 Spectra Photo Limited were prosecuted by the Environmental Protection Agency in relation to two offences under the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations 2005.


June 2006

EPA launches 24 hour phone service - Jun 28 2006, 7:30 AM
The EPA today unveiled details of a confidential telephone service designed to encourage reporting of illegal dumping of waste or of abandoned illegal dumps. As part of a campaign entitled ‘Dump the Dumpers’ members of the public can report illegal dumping via a 24 hour lo-call telephone number 1850 365 121. Local authorities, the gardaí and the EPA will follow up on the information provided by the public, as appropriate.

Two Local Authorities prosecuted on indictment - Jun 01 2006, 5:17 PM
Today at Waterford Circuit Court, Waterford City Council and Waterford County Council pleaded guilty to offences under the Waste Management Acts 1996-2003 for breaches of their waste licences for Kilbarry Landfill and Tramore Landfill, respectively.


July 2006

Flytipping and uncontrolled waste-burning are new face of illegal waste activity - Jul 27 2006, 7:00 AM
The EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement today published ‘Focus on Environmental Enforcement’. This report, the first of its kind, reveals problems uncovered by EPA inspectors at waste and industrial facilities licenced by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Urban development and environmental performance: research for decision support - Jul 25 2006, 11:33 AM
UCD Urban Institute Ireland has been awarded over €1 million in funding by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a major research project to produce decision support tools for managing the urban environment.

Ambient Air Quality Report 2005 - Jul 20 2006, 3:31 PM
The EPA issued advice to the public yesterday as ozone levels exceeded “information levels”. Today, as it released its air quality results for 2005, the EPA can report that ozone levels have now reverted to normal levels.

Ozone levels high as a result of exceptionally high temperatures - Jul 19 2006, 5:28 PM
The EPA has found that the 'information threshold' for ozone has been breached. The ozone 'information threshold' of 180 microgrammes per cubic metre was first exceeded in county Monaghan at 8pm yesterday evening and subsequently at air monitoring stations across the country.

EPA submits Ireland’s second National Allocation Plan for Emissions Trading - Jul 13 2006, 5:13 PM
· EPA submits National Allocation Plan 2008 – 2012 to the European Commission; · Covers the second trading period 2008 – 2012; · Allocates 113.19 million allowances to Emissions Trading in the period; · Is an essential part of the strategy to ensure Ireland meets Kyoto target; · Continues the special recognition for Combined Heat and Power and a special adjustment for renewable energy; · Penalties for non-compliance rise to €100 per tonne.

EPA launches a waste prevention and demonstration programme - Jul 06 2006, 12:00 PM
A national initiative to promote waste prevention through local authorities has been launched today by Mr Dick Roche, T.D., Minister for the Environment, Heritage & Local Government. The Local Authority Prevention Demonstration (LAPD) Programme will not only prevent waste being generated in participating businesses and sectors, its findings will provide a template for other waste prevention projects nationwide.


August 2006

EPA Guide places responsibility on companies to provide for environmental liabilities and costs - Aug 17 2006, 7:30 AM
The EPA today published a guidance document to help companies quantify and provide adequately for their environmental liabilities - thereby protecting the public purse and the environment. Guidance on Environmental Liability Risk Assessment, Residuals Management Plans and Financial Provision presents a step-by-step approach for companies, local authorities, financial institutions and consultants to use in assessing the inherent risk to the environment that an industrial activity poses.

Water Quality in Ireland 2005 - Key Indicators of the Aquatic Environment - Aug 17 2006, 7:30 AM
Ireland's water quality continues to be of a high standard, according to the Environmental Protection Agency summary indicator report entitled Water Quality in Ireland 2005, published today. The report, the first of a new series of summary statistics, is based on monitoring results for surface and groundwaters for the period 2003 - 2005.


September 2006

Licence to remediate only granted for illegal dump at Whitestown - Sep 22 2006, 9:00 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has confirmed its earlier decision to refuse permission to Brownfield Restoration Ireland Limited to construct an engineered landfill at Whitestown Lower, Co. Wicklow. It has instead granted a restricted waste licence for the remediation of an illegal landfill on the site.

Environment in Focus 2006 Environmental Indicators for Ireland - Sep 20 2006, 10:00 AM
The EPA today released the third “Environment in Focus” report, the latest in the series of 4-yearly reports which review environmental performance and evaluate the effectiveness of policies in the area. The report was launched by Mr Dick Roche, T.D., Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government.

EPA Prosecutes Ballinasloe Town Council - Sep 08 2006, 2:50 PM
On the 6th September 2006 at Ballinasloe District Court, the Environmental Protection Agency took a prosecution against Ballinasloe Town Council in relation to an offence under the Waste Management Acts 1996 to 2005 for a breach of its Waste Licence at Pollboy Landfill, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway.

EPA Director General calls for environment to be placed at the core of the National Development Plan - Sep 04 2006, 7:00 AM
The EPA's two day conference, Environment Ireland 2006, opened today with a strong focus on environmental policy priorities and the need to integrate these into Ireland’s National Development Plan (NDP) 2007 – 2013.


October 2006

Halloween bonfires not excuse to dispose of waste - Oct 23 2006, 4:08 PM
With Halloween just around the corner, communities nationwide are preparing for the time old tradition of lighting bonfires to celebrate Halloween. The EPA is warning households and businesses not to supply waste material to parties collecting for Halloween and that it is illegal to allow collectors without a Waste Collection Permit to collect and dispose of waste.

Sections of Drish and Rossestown Rivers is safe for animal access - Oct 24 2006, 9:57 AM
On 27th April 2006, the EPA advised that animals, including farm animals such as cattle and sheep, should not be allowed direct access to affected stretches of the Drish River (also known as the Black River) and the Rossestown River, as a precautionary measure. The EPA, in consultation with other relevant authorities, advises that as of 24th October 2006, the affected rivers are safe for animal access, notwithstanding farmers’ obligations under the Department of Agriculture and Food’s ‘Good Farming Practice’ guidance document. Testing of the river water indicates that it continues to be unpolluted.

Code of Practice Guide places responsibility on local authorities to identify and carry out an environmental risk assessment on historic waste disposal sites - Oct 23 2006, 9:00 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today issued a draft Code of Practice, for public consultation, to assist local authorities in the carrying out of an inventory and risk assessment of all non-licensed closed landfills.


November 2006

Pollution Register shows dramatic reductions in emissions from Irish industry - Nov 22 2006, 3:18 PM
EPA releases Irish Pollutant Emission Register for 2004. Figures reveal a number of highly positive trends with significant decreases in the emission of several pollutants from industrial and waste facilities.


December 2006

Suspected Contamination of soil at South Park, Claddagh, Galway - Dec 13 2006, 4:14 PM
The EPA became aware of suspected high levels of metals in soil at South Park, Claddagh, Galway in June 2006. At that time the EPA advised Galway City Council on the scope of investigative work that was required to be done and requested Galway City Council to verify the initial result of soil analysis. The Council was also advised to undertake immediate works to cover exposed bare areas to avoid any potential risk to the environment or human health.