Assessment of Emissions to Air at ENVA Ireland Limited, Waste Management Facility, Portlaoise, Co. Laois EPA Licence Reg. No. W0184-01

Date released: May 13 2015

Assessment of Emissions to Air at ENVA Ireland Limited, Waste Management Facility, Portlaoise, Co. Laois EPA Licence Reg. No. W0184-01



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.

The EPA found that:

  • Air quality in the vicinity of the ENVA Ireland Ltd Portlaoise facility and in Portlaoise Town is within ambient air quality guideline values;
  • Odour nuisance was not identified during independent and EPA odour surveys in 2014 and 2015.

The report has been produced in response to concerns raised about the quality, associated impact and risk posed by air emissions from ENVA Ireland Ltd.  ENVA Ireland Ltd Portlaoise carries out a range of waste activities under the EPA licence W0184-01. The primary focus of this review related to air emissions from the reprocessing of waste oil to produce a fuel oil.

The report reviewed the following:

  • Relevant environmental regulations and controls;
  • EPA enforcement activities and the compliance history of the facility;
  • Existing air emissions information, including the data provided in the original licence application documentation; and
  • Additional measurements and assessments by the EPA and ENVA Ireland Ltd.

EPA air quality monitoring is on-going in the vicinity of the facility and the interim status report will be updated when the programme of monitoring is completed.

The Interim status report on the Assessment of Emissions to Air at ENVA Ireland Limited, Waste Management Facility, Portlaoise, Co. Laois EPA Licence Reg. No. W0184-01 is available on the EPA website. 

Should a member of the public wish to submit complaints about EPA licensed facilities they can use a simple online form or contact an EPA office directly.  Further details are available on the EPA website www.epa.ie under ‘How to make an environmental complaint’. 


Further information: Emily Williamson/Annette Cahalane, EPA Media Relations Office 053-9170770 (24 hours) or media@epa.ie

Notes to Editor:

  1. ENVA Ireland Ltd. Portlaoise is an EPA licensed hazardous waste facility since 1999. It has an Industrial Emissions Licence Reg. Number W0184-01 which is enforced by the EPA.
  2. The main emissions of concern are hydrocarbons (commonly referred to as volatile organic compounds), which can result in odour impact as well as specific human health impact if present in the atmosphere in sufficient concentrations. The EPA has found no evidence of environmental impact as a result of air emissions from the facility.