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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A number of topical areas across the EPA have developed FAQ's to assist with the many queries we received.
How do I report complaints through EDEN?
Most licenses don't require reporting to the EPA of each complaint received directly at the facility, but instead require a summary of complaints to be included as part of general licence reporting (e.g. quarterly or annual reports (AER)). So for this reason there is no facility for you to directly report a complaint through the Manage Complaints button in EDEN.
If your licence specifically requires you to report these complaints or if your inspector has told you to do this, you can send complaints in under "Make a Return" button, Document Type "Site Update/Notification", Subtype "other". You may need to check with your inspector to clarify the requirement.
Can I search/filter by date/year?
Currently filtering and reporting functionality is limited in "Manage my Licence" on the EDEN portal.
How do I update an existing incident notification (an incident that I have already logged on AM on EDEN)?
It is important that updates to previously logged incident notifications are done by going back to the original incident notification record and not by creating a new incident record. To do this you should navigate to “Manage Incidents” on Licence page in AM, select the incident record that you want to update and click on “Edit Incident” icon. You will then be presented with a web form to amend or add details to the incident notification. If the particular piece of information that you want to update is not available to on the web form, please use the notes section to enter the details of the update. Files can also be uploaded as part of the incident update.
How do I reply to a Request for Information (RFI)?
RFIs must be replied to by navigating to the original Licensee Return or Complaint record in AM on EDEN. This can be done by going to the “Manage my Licensee Returns” or “Manage Complaints” tab on the licence page in AM opening the relevant record and clicking on the RFI. Alternatively you can go directly to the RFI in the “My Notifications” tab on AM. Replies to RFIs will not be accepted as Licensee Returns.
I want to submit a quarterly monitoring report. Do I have to break it down into separate Returns by emission receptor (eg air, water, sewer etc)?
Yes, monitoring reports need to be broken out into their constituent sections and submitted individually as Licensee Returns. A summary of each set of results reported should be given as part of the return. Failure to do this will result in the Returns being rejected by the EPA.