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The EPA has a wide remit and is responsible for a range of tasks relating to the authorisation of activities that could have an impact on the environment or on human health.  We carry out monitoring of the quality of our air, our freshwater, groundwater and marine waterbodies and our use of natural resources. Through our research and development programme, we are generating the knowledge and expertise needed to protect and manage Ireland's environment.

This section of our website contains a range of information services to the public on our activities and provides communication and guidance services for our regulated communities.

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Licensing & Permitting

Industrial activities play an important role in the economic well-being of Ireland contributing to sustainable growth but can also have a significant impact on the environment. Certain industrial activities produce emissions of various substances into the air, water and land. They also generate waste and use resources such as energy and water. The EPA has a wide remit and is responsible for a range of tasks relating to the authorisation of activities that could have an impact on the environment or on human health.

Compliance & Enforcement

It is essential that economic growth is based on effective regulation that supports the protection and improvement of our environment. The EPA is committed to the enforcement of environmental and radiological legislation in a fair, proportionate and transparent manner.

Monitoring & Assessment

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. However, water quality In Ireland is getting worse. Just over half of Ireland’s surface waters are in good condition.

Research

Effective management of the environment is increasingly science-driven. Through our research and development programme, the Environmental Protection Agency is generating the knowledge and expertise needed to protect and manage Ireland's environment.

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Radiation

The EPA carries out rigorous and continuous testing ensuring environmental radiation remains within internationally agreed and legal safety limits. This testing ensures the EPA are quickly made aware of changes in environmental radiation in Ireland and can provide you with health warnings and protection advice if necessary.

Latest Publications

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Domestic Waste Water Treatment System Inspections 2020

Domestic waste water treatment systems (DWWTS) are used by householders to treat sewage.

Read the key findings on the inspections carried out in 2020 and useful hints on looking after your septic tank.

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Code of Practice for Domestic Waste Water Treatment Systems

The 2021 Code of Practice for Domestic Waste Water Treatment Systems (Population Equivalent ≤ 10) provides guidance on the site characterization, design, operation and maintenance of domestic waste water treatment systems. It will assist authorities, developers, system manufacturers, system designers, installers and operators to deal with various systems.

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List of Irish Water Public Drinking Water Supplies on the EPA's Remedial Action List for Q1 of 2021

The Remedial Action list is a record of the public water supplies known to be at risk and where the EPA is requiring Irish Water to take corrective action. The EPA has instructed Irish Water to submit an action programme for the improvement of each of these supplies and has initiated enforcement action where action programmes were not being prepared or were not prepared to the satisfaction of the EPA. This includes issuing legally binding Directions requiring specific work to be carried out.

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The 2020 EPA Bathing Water report sets out bathing water quality at Ireland's beaches during the summer 2020 bathing water season.

In Ireland, there are no national end-of-waste criteria for compost and digestate derived from source-separated materials. This study developed a quality standard for digestate and an updated standard for compost, it also recommends a strategy on how Ireland should implement national end-of-waste criteria for compost and digestate. It also examined best practice in other countries and options for having end-of-waste criteria.

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Nature and Extent of Food Waste in Ireland

This NWPP document is intended to provide a snapshot of the nature and extent of food waste in Ireland based on currently available information.