The EPA regulates to deliver good environmental outcomes and targets those who don’t comply. We provide knowledge through targeted and timely environmental data, information and assessment to inform decision making. And, we work with others to advocate for a clean, productive and well-protected environment.
Fresh, clean water is vital for all life on earth. Ireland has some of the best water quality and cleanest beaches in Europe. Ireland’s climate means that there is usually enough water to meet the needs of its people and the surrounding environment. The EPA monitors and reports on the health of Ireland’s waters.
The EPA assess exposure to radiation from sources in the environment through monitoring programmes and operates a graded authorisation system to register and licence any practice involving the use of radioactive sources or equipment such as X-ray.
In the circular economy system, we replace our current take, make, use and dispose system. Instead, we use less raw materials, we design products for long-life and recyclability, we share products or use them for longer, we reuse and repair things before we recycle or throw them away.
Radon gas is the second biggest cause of lung cancer after smoking and is directly linked to almost 300 lung cancer cases in Ireland each year. It is a serious public health hazard and the Government has published a strategy to tackle the problem.