EPA examination of Waste Water Discharge Authorisations

In line with the requirements of the European Union (Waste Water Discharge) Regulations 2007 to 2020, the EPA has commenced an examination of Waste Water Discharge Licences (WWDLs).

The purpose of the WWDL examinations is to ensure that the authorisations satisfy the relevant environmental requirements of the European Union (Waste Water Discharge) Regulations 2007 to 2020.

Examination Reports & Public Participation

The EPA intends to publish a report on each WWDL examination. The EPA are inviting comments or observations in relation to their examination of WWDLs. An initial list of draft examination reports is available at the link below.  The Agency will issue draft examination reports in batches and will update the list accordingly. You can keep up to date with our examination process by subscribing to our EPA licence RSS feeds.

• List of draft examination reports

You can submit a comment or observation within three weeks of publication of the draft WWDL examination reports:

  • by e-mail to licensing@epa.ie with the subject line ‘WWDA examination project – DXXX-0X’, or
  • in writing to the Environmental Licensing Programme, Environmental Protection Agency, P.O. Box 3000, Johnstown Castle Estate, Co. Wexford.

A pro-forma template has been developed to assist in making submissions and is available  below. It should be noted that due to current Covid-19 restrictions it is preferable to submit comments or observations by email. To assist us in considering your comments or observations in a timely manner, please have regard to the scope of the examination as outlined above and reference the WWDL register number. The information you submit will be published to the Agency’s website and will remain there indefinitely. In submitting comments, you are agreeing to the information being published to the Agency’s website and the Agency using the e-mail address/postal address provided to correspond with you.

• Link to pro-forma template

For complaints relating to the current licence, you may contact the Office of Environmental Enforcement to make a complaint. Further information on making a complaint is also available at the following link http://www.epa.ie/enforcement/report/


In finalising the examination, the EPA will consider your comments or observations.
Where the EPA decides that a WWDA requires a review, the licensee will be informed and anybody can make submissions during the licence review process – further details available at http://www.epa.ie/licensing/watwaste/wwda/process/submissions/#d.en.42837