2012 Press Releases

View all press releases for 2012 in this section of the website.

January 2012

Kerdiffstown Community Update number 8 - Jan 11 2012, 3:37 PM
Monday 9th of January 2012 saw the arrival on-site of a number of drilling rigs to undertake Phase I of the site investigation programme that will allow the EPA to gather further data on the site and contribute to the planning of the remediation.

Stop Food Waste: Freeze your spending by Recession-proofing Your Freezer - Jan 24 2012, 2:57 PM
The EPA’s Stop Food Waste Programme is encouraging everyone to start the New Year afresh by rethinking our food storage habits, sorting the freezer, and avoid throwing out up to €700 worth of food every year.

New approach for control and management of pig and poultry manure from IPPC installations - Jan 25 2012, 1:11 PM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) have, following discussions with representatives of the pig and poultry industry, agreed a new approach for the control and management of pig and poultry manure from Integrated Pollution Prevention Control (IPPC) licensed installations.

Ireland below EU 2010 limits for three of four transboundary air pollutants - Jan 27 2012, 11:50 AM
The EPA today published information on Ireland’s position in relation to meeting its 2010 obligations under the National Emissions Ceilings Directive (NEC Directive).

February 2012

EPA Provides Real Time Air Quality Monitoring in Kilkenny City - Feb 13 2012, 1:09 PM
Mr Phil Hogan, TD, Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government today visited the Kilkenny Regional Inspectorate of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and viewed the new air monitoring station for Kilkenny City.

Kerdiffstown Community Update Number 9 - Feb 14 2012, 12:55 PM
Wednesday 8th of February saw the completion of Phase I of the Site Investigation Programme at Kerdiffstown Landfill, with the successful completion of 24 boreholes across the site.

EPA releases Urban Waste Water Discharges report for Ireland - Feb 16 2012, 12:05 AM
Almost 50% of wastewater treatment plants fail to meet standards; EPA report calls for step change to meet EU targets for clean water.

EPA Director General's Statement: A year in Review, highlights from 2011 - Feb 21 2012, 12:34 PM
The quality of Ireland’s environment is central to our economic recovery, to the creation of jobs, and to the health and well-being of the nation according to Laura Burke, EPA Director General, speaking at the release of the EPA’s Review of 2011.

EPA National Waste Report 2010- Ireland meets targets for most EU Directive requirements - Feb 29 2012, 11:55 PM
Ireland is well advanced in achieving most of the EU waste recovery and recycling targets, with the exception of end of life vehicle targets, according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Waste Report 2010, released today.

March 2012

STOP Food Waste- Grown your own greens this St Patrick's Day - Mar 12 2012, 10:03 AM
The EPA’s Stop Food Waste programme has joined forces withGrow it Yourself inviting you to Grow your own Greens this St. Patrick’s Day to love them more and waste them less.

EPA publishes final 2010 figures for Ireland's greenhouse gas emissions - Mar 28 2012, 9:47 AM
EPA publishes final 2010 figures for Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions, updating provisional figures released last November. The figures provide Ireland’s status in meeting its obligations under the Kyoto Protocol.

April 2012

EPA greenhouse gas emissions projections 2011-2020. - Apr 16 2012, 8:00 AM
The EPA today published greenhouse gas emissions projections for the period 2011 to 2020. The figures show the projected trends for greenhouse gases and give a picture of Ireland’s ability to meet EU and international targets with respect to greenhouse gas emissions.

Sharp drop in Greenhouse Gas emissions in 2011 for Ireland's Emissions Trading companies - Apr 10 2012, 11:50 AM
Data submitted by the EPA to the EU Commission show that emissions of Greenhouse Gases in 2011 for companies in Ireland covered by the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) are considerably lower than in 2010.

May 2012

EPA showcases green Irish businesses - May 02 2012, 11:00 AM
The EPA today showcased Irish organisations and companies that have participated in the EPA’s Cleaner Greener Production Programme and improved their environmental performance, resource efficiency and eco-innovation, while making major financial savings.

EPA releases Bathing Water Quality Report 2011 - May 03 2012, 10:30 AM
The quality of bathing waters in Ireland remains high and shows a sustained improvement in the numbers of bathing areas achieving ‘sufficient’ status over the last few years.

New EPA Director Appointed by Government - May 09 2012, 2:36 PM
The EPA is pleased to announce the appointment, by government, of Gerard O’ Leary as a Director of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Kerdiffstown Landfill Remediation Project Community Update – Number 10 - May 10 2012, 10:11 AM
Wednesday 8th of February saw the completion of Phase I of the Site Investigation Programme at Kerdiffstown Landfill, with the successful completion of 24 boreholes across the site.

EPA releases preliminary study into the use of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) technology - May 11 2012, 10:00 AM
The EPA has today published a report from a preliminary study on current knowledge about the environmental considerations and impacts of shale gas exploration and extraction, and in particular the use of hydraulic fracturing technology. The study: “Hydraulic Fracturing or ‘Fracking’: A Short Summary of Current Knowledge and Potential Environmental Impacts” was conducted by the University of Aberdeen.

EPA publishes Biodiversity Action Plan Update - May 21 2012, 11:00 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today published its first biannual update of its Biodiversity Action Plan, to mark International Day for Biological Diversity on Tuesday 22nd May 2012

EPA Hosts European Network of Drinking Water Regulators Meeting - May 31 2012, 10:00 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is hosting the European Network of Drinking Water Regulators meeting in Dublin today (31st May) and tomorrow (1st June).

June 2012

Environment Ireland 2012 Conference - Jun 06 2012, 3:27 PM
Programme for Environment Ireland 2012 launched

Health Benefits of Improving Air Quality - A Public Lecture: Wednesday 27th June, DIT - Jun 26 2012, 4:22 PM
A public lecture on air quality and health will take place this evening (Wednesday 27th June) at 6pm in DIT Kevin Street.

Ireland's Environment- A strategic asset to protect and manage for future generations - Jun 25 2012, 4:00 PM
The Minister for the Environment, Community & Local Government, Mr Phil Hogan, T.D., today launched the EPA’s fifth ‘State of the Environment Report’, Ireland’s Environment 2012: An Assessment. The ‘State of the Environment Report’, produced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) every four years, is the most comprehensive evidence-based assessment of the environment undertaken in Ireland.

State of the Environment in Ireland 2012 - Meeting the Main Environmental Challenges - Jun 27 2012, 11:00 AM
The EPA is holding an international workshop today to look at the main environmental challenges facing Ireland. The most recent ‘state of the environment’, assessment has confirmed that while Ireland’s environment is of a generally high standard, significant environmental challenges face Ireland in the medium term.

July 2012

Research Links Water Quality and Health - Jul 04 2012, 1:04 PM
The EPA has published the results of significant research completed by a NUI Galway research team led by Professor Martin Cormican. The research details new links between water quality and health.

Report identifies many benefits from restoring degraded bogs - Jul 18 2012, 9:28 AM
Jan O'Sullivan TD Minister of State, Department of Environment, Community and Local Government has today launched the final report of the EPA-funded Carbon Restore project. The EPA research Report shows that breathing new life into cut-away and degraded boglands would provide climate, biodiversity, water and economic benefits.

EPA gives consent for GM potato field trials - Jul 26 2012, 7:15 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today given consent to Teagasc, Oak Park, Co Carlow, to carry out field trials on a genetically modified (GM) potato line with improved resistance to late potato blight.

August 2012

Kerdiffstown Community Update 11 - Aug 09 2012, 3:22 PM
On Monday 13th of August 2012 three rigs will begin to drill a series of boreholes on and adjacent to the landfill site.

EPA Statement re: poor bathing water results at Irish beaches - Aug 20 2012, 5:09 PM
Unprecedented wet weather this summer has, in some areas, resulted in high levels of run-off from land and large volumes of surface water entering the bathing area. This has been a major contributing factor to the poor bathing water quality in these areas.

Do Your Homework and Cut Down on Your Back to School Waste - Aug 21 2012, 12:40 PM
The EPA’s Stop Food Waste Programme is encouraging all parents to do their homework when getting their children ready for back to school. They are calling on parents to start the school year with a clean slate and rethink how to plan and prepare their children’s lunches.

September 2012

The Environment and the Economy: Environment Ireland Conference 2012 - Sep 10 2012, 4:15 PM
The eighth Environment Ireland conference takes place on 13th September in the Croke Park Conference Centre. The theme for this year’s conference is ‘The environment and the economy’.

Air Quality in Ireland is amongst the best in Europe - Sep 26 2012, 11:00 AM
The EPA report Air Quality in Ireland 2011 – Key Indicators of Ambient Air Quality released today shows that air quality in Ireland is generally of a high standard across the country and is among the best in Europe.

October 2012

EPA public consultation: National Inspection Plan for Domestic Wastewater Treatment Systems discussion document - Oct 11 2012, 11:00 AM
Recent legislation requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish a National Inspection Plan for domestic waste water treatment systems, including septic tanks.

Ireland is on track to meet its Kyoto agreement commitments - Oct 11 2012, 11:52 PM
Provisional greenhouse gas emissions figures released today by the EPA include trends from 1990 and show Ireland’s status in meeting our obligations set under the Kyoto Protocol. Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions fell by 4.12 million tonnes (6.7%) in 2011 to 57.34 million tonnes.

Public consultation process for EPA Strategy now underway - Oct 19 2012, 10:11 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today announced that it is seeking the views of the public on how the Agency should prioritise activities over the next number of years to protect and improve Ireland’s environment.

November 2012

Food Waste Campaigners aim to feed 5000 - Nov 09 2012, 2:16 PM
‘VOICE – Voice of Irish Concern for the Environment’, ‘Stop Food Waste’; ‘Bia Foodbank’ and ‘Food Glorious Food’ officially launched ‘Feeding the 5,000’ at the Church, St Mary’s Street, Dublin 1. The launch revealed the menu for the ‘Feeding the 5,000’ event which will attempt to feed 5,000 in Wolfe Tone Park on Saturday, 24th November, during European Week for Waste Reduction, with a main course made entirely out of fresh misshapen vegetables that would otherwise go to waste.

New campaign urges consumers to check the dates and cut food waste - Nov 19 2012, 12:26 PM
New research¹ by safefood for their “Cut Food Waste” campaign has revealed that 33% of consumers believe ‘best before’ and ‘use by’ dates on food labels means the same thing. The research also revealed that 45% of consumers know there’s a difference between the two but are unsure what that is.

EPA Climate Change Lecture Series continues - Nov 20 2012, 11:55 AM
Dr Alan Belward from the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre in Italy will provide an evening lecture on the power and potential of earth observation from space as part of the EPA’s Climate Change Lecture Series. The lecture will be held in the Mansion House on Tuesday 20th November at 18:30.

Ireland must use the present to build a resource-efficient, low carbon economy and put environment at the heart of all decision-making - Nov 21 2012, 9:58 AM
Ireland must use the present to build a resource-efficient, low carbon economy and put environment at the heart of all decision-making - EPA Annual Report for Year Ended 31 December 2011

Latest data on Ireland’s E-Pollutant Release & Transfer Register now available - Nov 21 2012, 11:35 AM
Data provided by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on 2007-2010 E-Pollutant Release and Transfer (PRTR) reporting to the European Commission is now available on the national PRTR website.

Dioxin Levels in Ireland well below EU Limits - Nov 27 2012, 11:00 AM
The most recent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report on dioxin levels in the Irish environment shows that the dioxin levels in all of the samples tested were well below the relevant EU limits.

EPA Drinking Water Report for 2011: Public water supplies continue to improve; Private wells growing cause for concern - Nov 29 2012, 12:02 AM
The quality of drinking water in Ireland continued to improve in 2011 according to a new report released today by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA’s Drinking Water Report for 2011 is based on results from 250,000 monitoring tests; it shows that public water supplies serving more than 80% of the population have improved year-on-year since the EPA created a Remedial Action List over four years ago. There were 339 public water supplies needing remedial action on the list when it was created four years ago, now there are 183. Remedial works in a further 90 will be complete by year end.

December 2012

Kerdiffstown Community Update number 12 - Dec 10 2012, 11:59 AM
In early October the EPA completed the drilling programme to progress characterisation of Kerdiffstown Landfill, and identify the type and quantity of waste that exists in every section of the site. Numerous samples have been taken and analysed and the results will be used for remediation planning purposes.

DPP prosecutes Cavan County Council and Oxigen Environmental Limited on indictment for odour nuisance - Dec 03 2012, 3:49 PM
At Cavan Circuit Court on 30 November the Director of Public Prosecutions prosecuted Oxigen Environmental Limited and Cavan County Council for breaching a condition of an EPA waste licence between 14 February 2007 and 14 February 2009 contrary to section 39 of the Waste Management Act. The prosecution was based on a file prepared by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Strategic Environmental Assessment- A Review of its Effectiveness in Ireland - Dec 14 2012, 11:00 AM
A Review of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) process in Ireland, commissioned by the EPA, has found that it has proven to be a vital tool for environmental protection. SEA is the process by which environmental considerations are integrated into Plans and Programmes across a broad range of sectors including energy, fisheries, industry, telecommunications, water and land use.