January 2010

EPA Provides Real Time Air Quality Monitoring in Newbridge - Jan 19 2010, 3:15 PM
The EPA began assessing air quality in Newbridge on 01 October 2009 using an EPA mobile laboratory located in a central location representative of air quality in Newbridge. The assessment will take place over a period of approximately six months.

EPA Special Award at BT Young Scientist - Jan 21 2010, 5:20 PM
Cian Rynne wins the EPA Special Award for Best Environmental project at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition on 15th January 2010.

February 2010

EPA Publishes Biodiversity Action Plan - Feb 02 2010, 11:00 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency today published its Biodiversity Action Plan, to coincide with World Wetlands Day. The theme for World Wetlands Day this year is Wetlands, Biodiversity and Climate Change.

Official Opening of EPA-funded NUI Galway Water Research Facility - Feb 08 2010, 10:08 AM
The new NUI Galway Water Research Facility at Tuam, Co. Galway was officially opened today by Michael Finneran, Minister for Housing & Local Services and TD for Roscommon-South Leitrim. Core funding to establish the facility was provided by the EPA through its STRIVE Research Programme, and by NUI Galway.

Sustainable Development Model predicts potential environmental impact of future economic activity - Feb 18 2010, 12:05 PM
New research, published today by the EPA, shows how economic forecasts can be used to project waste generation and emissions of pollutants across Ireland. The ISus (Irish Sustainable Development) Model is based on the work of a three-year study by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), funded under the EPA STRIVE research programme.

March 2010

Study highlights historic mining activities in Ireland - Mar 25 2010, 3:57 PM
This major multi-agency study gathers together all the available information on historic mine sites in Ireland, and significant new information derived from site investigations, and identifies the issues that need to be addressed in the future rehabilitation of mines in Ireland.

April 2010

New Environmental Protection Agency Director Appointed by Government - Apr 01 2010, 12:08 PM
The Environmental Protection Agency is pleased to announce the appointment, by government, of Dr Matt Crowe as Director of the Environmental Protection Agency

Large reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in 2009 for Irelands Emissions Trading Companies - Apr 09 2010, 5:38 PM
Data submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to the EU Commission show that emissions of greenhouse gases in 2009, for companies in Ireland covered by the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), are over 15% lower than in the previous year. This very large year-on-year reduction reflects the severity of the economic downturn, which began to have significant impact during 2008 and which is now very evident. It also continues a well established downward trend in our recorded emissions since the ETS commenced in 2005. In the EU as a whole, results for 2009 - from almost 10,000 installations in the ETS - show an overall reduction of over 11% on 2008.

EPA Information re ash cloud from volcanic eruption in Iceland - Apr 16 2010, 9:03 AM
EPA air quality monitoring today has not shown any increase in pollution as a result of the ash cloud from the volcanic eruption in Iceland.

Volcanic Ash and Air Quality Update - Apr 19 2010, 4:40 PM
There has been no increase in dust or sulphur dioxide since the first eruption. The EPA is increasing its air quality monitoring for the duration of the ash-cloud event.

Air Quality and Volcanic Ash - Mace Head observations - Apr 20 2010, 6:53 PM
Observations of particulate sulphate at Mace Head are relatively small and they have not impacted on standard air quality measurements carried out by the EPA.

Ireland’s greenhouse gas projections up to 2020 - Apr 28 2010, 11:30 PM
The EPA today released projected emissions of Ireland’s greenhouse gases up to 2020.

May 2010

EPA grants a licence to Fingal County Council - May 28 2010, 7:30 AM
EPA grants a licence to Fingal County Council for the development of an engineered landfill and public recycling facility at Nevitt, Lusk, County Dublin.

EPA Research shows that Clare rocks not suitable for carbon storage - May 24 2010, 11:55 PM
A new research report from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) shows that the geology of West Clare is unsuitable for long term carbon storage, a key technology in the fight against climate change. The study, An Assessment of the Potential for Geological Storage of CO2 in the Vicinity of Moneypoint, Co. Clare, was funded under the EPA Climate Change Research Programme - with support from the Geological Survey of Ireland.

New EPA resource for second-level teachers - May 13 2010, 9:18 AM
The EPA today launched its new interactive resources for second level schools. The EPA schools’ resources have been developed to support second level teachers who are exploring the key environmental issues facing Ireland today.

June 2010

37 Communities Awarded for their Efforts in Greening their Homes - Jun 02 2010, 12:15 PM
An Taisce, in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), today awarded 37 Green Home flags to communities who completed the Green Home programme. The awards ceremony took place in Croke Park.

93% of Irish bathing waters compliant with EU standards - Jun 03 2010, 11:45 PM
The quality of Ireland’s bathing waters remains high, with 93% of designated bathing areas meeting the EU mandatory standards. This is according to findings released today in EPA Bathing Water report 2009.

EPA helps develop network of prevention experts - Jun 03 2010, 8:53 AM
The EPA is today hosting a national conference showcasing waste prevention and resource efficiency programmes being carried out by local authorities as part of the National Waste Prevention Programme.

EPA Improves Access to Public Information on Emissions Trading - Jun 10 2010, 10:28 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency has now made information from Ireland’s National Emission Trading Registry publicly available in line with the requirements of the Kyoto Protocol.

EPA SPLASH website: making it easier to find out about local bathing water quality - Jun 11 2010, 9:20 AM
Anyone heading to the beach during the summer can find now out the latest bathing water quality data supplied by local authorities on the EPA SPLASH website www.bathingwater.ie.

Research and innovation contributes to a clean environment and a sustainable future - Jun 23 2010, 9:20 AM
At the EPA’s National Environmental Research Conference today, Mr. John Gormley T.D., Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government launched the EPA report Science and Sustainability.

EPA Climate Change Conference - Jun 29 2010, 1:04 PM
The EPA is hosting a climate change conference at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin tomorrow (Wednesday 30th June 2010). The conference considers key challenges and opportunities for Ireland.

July 2010

Unauthorised release of GM event NK603 in conventional maize seed - Jul 22 2010, 12:29 PM
On 3rd June 2010, the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (DAFF) informed the EPA of the unauthorised release of GM (genetically modified) event NK603 in conventional maize.

EPA issues waste water discharge licence for Greater Dublin Area Agglomeration - Jul 28 2010, 11:00 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a waste water discharge licence for the Greater Dublin Area Agglomeration in accordance with the Waste Water Discharge (Authorisation) Regulations, 2007. The Agglomeration is served by one Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) at Ringsend.

September 2010

Focus on Landfilling Report - Sep 09 2010, 2:19 PM
EPA reports dramatic fall in the number of landfills. Three quarters of a million tonnes of biodegradable waste must be diverted away from landfills to meet EU waste targets.

Environment Ireland Conference, 14th September 2010 - Sep 10 2010, 3:53 PM
The sixth Environment Ireland conference will take place on 14th September in the Croke Park Conference Centre. The theme for this year’s conference is Environment and the Green Economy.

EPA's Environment in Focus online indicators site launched - Sep 14 2010, 9:00 AM
Mr. John Gormley, TD, Minister for Environment, Heritage and Local Government today attended the launch of the EPA’s new Environment in Focus site. The environmental indicators’ website was launched at the annual Environment Ireland conference being held today in the Croke Park Convention Centre.

Noonan wins major Environmental Award - Sep 27 2010, 3:49 PM
Noonan, the market-leading supplier of facility services in Ireland, has been awarded the Chambers Ireland 2010 Corporate Social Responsibility Award for Large Indigenous Company under the Environment category. Noonan is one of 15 companies to have secured funding from the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Cleaner Greener Production Programme (CGPP).

EPA licensing has significant influence on emission reductions - Sep 30 2010, 9:58 AM
A recent study by Trinity College, Dublin has found that pollution emissions from licensed industry have fallen due to regulation.

October 2010

Irish researchers win €30m in EU research funding for a better environment - Oct 06 2010, 2:51 PM
At a conference today, Irish and international experts addressed over 100 leading researchers to help them maximise success in accessing EU research funds.

EPA reports significant decrease in Ireland's Greenhouse Gases in 2009 - Oct 22 2010, 9:37 AM
Provisional Greenhouse Gas emissions figures released today by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) include trends since 1990, and show Ireland’s status in meeting our obligations set under the Kyoto Protocol. Ireland’s Greenhouse Gas emissions fell by 5.4 million tonnes (7.9%) in 2009.

November 2010

EPA and DOEHLG joint educational resources launch - Nov 01 2010, 12:00 PM
Ciarán Cuffe, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government and Dr. Mary Kelly, Director General of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), today launched environmental resources tailor-made for primary and second-level teachers in the Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin. The resources have been developed by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government and the EPA to support teachers who are exploring the key environmental issues facing Ireland today.

Air quality in Ireland is generally good - Nov 10 2010, 9:54 AM
The EPA air quality report, released today, shows that air quality in Ireland was generally good throughout the country.

EPA Seminar presents research findings as part of Science Week 2010 - Nov 11 2010, 11:23 AM
As part of Science Week 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today held its eighth annual Post-graduate Research Seminar at the Convention Centre, Dublin. Some 150 delegates attended the seminar, which included over 20 presentations by EPA funded postgraduate researchers across a broad spectrum of environmental topics including air quality; climate change; environment and health; waste and resource management; biodiversity; water quality; soils and land-use.

EPA welcomes the Second European Week for Waste Reduction - Nov 19 2010, 9:39 AM
The second European Week for Waste Reduction runs from 20th to 28th November 2010. The idea of the European Week for Waste Reduction is to raise awareness about the waste reduction strategies of EU and Member States, and to encourage behaviour changes to promote more sustainable consumption and production.

EPA Climate Change lecture series continues - Nov 23 2010, 12:38 PM
The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) climate change lecture series continues today, Tuesday 23rd November, at 6.30pm in The Mansion House with the lecture Reshaping the Debate on Climate Change by Mrs. Mary Robinson, President, Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice.

EPA Stop Food Waste Movement launch - Nov 23 2010, 11:00 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today (Tuesday 23rd November 2010) launched the Stop Food Waste Movement leveraging support from 3 of the country’s top chefs, Rachel Allen, Kevin Thornton and Donal Skehan. The three well-known chefs took time out to get behind the movement and encourage others to do so to, as they demonstrated how to prepare reduced waste meals whilst providing tips on how to shop for and prepare food in the most cost effective and sustainable way possible. The event took place at Fallon & Byrne in Dublin.

The European Environment State and Outlook Report 2010 - Nov 30 2010, 12:00 AM
The European Environment Agency (EEA) today launched its fourth Environment State and Outlook report - SOER 2010. This report provides an overview of the state of Europe’s environment, how and why it is changing, and what we are doing about it.

December 2010

Dioxin Levels in Ireland well below EU Limits - Dec 21 2010, 12:00 AM
The latest EPA report on dioxin levels in the Irish environment shows that the dioxin levels in all of the samples were well below the relevant EU limits.

EPA issues two Proposed Decisions relating to the Corranure Landfill, Cootehill Road, Co Cavan - Dec 16 2010, 12:00 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today issued two Proposed Decisions relating to the Corranure Landfill, Cootehill Road, Co Cavan. The Proposed Decisions are: to retain Cavan County Council as the sole licence holder for the entire facility; and to refuse a licence to Oxigen Environmental Ltd to operate part of the facility.