The EPA's Role in Compliance & Enforcement

The EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement (OEE) ensures that major industrial, waste and wastewater operations in Ireland comply with environmental law to ensure that they don’t endanger human health or harm the environment.

We also regulate the supply of clean drinking water and we oversee the environmental protection work of local councils.

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How to make an environmental complaint

The EPA is committed to protecting people and the environment from the harmful effects of pollution.  As part of this commitment, we provide a simple system for members of the public to make complaints about environmental pollution, disturbance or damage.


Environmental Data Exchange Network (EDEN)

EDEN is the EPA's online web portal for Local Authorities and licensees to communicate with the EPA on numerous applications.

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Focus on Local Authority Environmental Enforcement

Activity Report 2020

This report outlines the positive work that local authorities carried out in 2020 focussing on National Enforcement Priorities.

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Industrial and Waste Licence Enforcement - 2020 Summary Report

This report provides summary details of the OEE's enforcement activities at licensed industrial and waste sites for 2020.

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Air Quality in Ireland 2019

Key Indicators of Ambient Air Quality

Summary of ambient air quality in 2019 based on concentration measurements of particulate matter, sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, heavy metals, ozone, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and benzene.

Latest News and Press Releases

in: Compliance & Enforcement
More focused and co-ordinated enforcement is needed by local authorities to protect water and air quality, cautions EPA.

Date released: December 16, 2021

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today released its report on local authority environmental enforcement activities for 2020. The EPA has seen a high level of inspections and enforcement actions carried out by local authorities, with the bulk of these relating to waste and litter. Local authorities also handled a substantial volume of environmental complaints during the year - predominantly relating to waste issues.

EPA continued to provide essential environmental enforcement activities during the Covid-19 pandemic using innovative approaches

Date released: February 17, 2021

Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published its annual summary report on the enforcement activities carried out in 2020, along with the list of sites which were designated as a National Priority Site during the year.

Conference on Environmental Law Enforcement: Emerging Challenges

Date released: November 09, 2020

The conference Environmental Law Enforcement: Emerging Challenges 2020 will take place on Wednesday 11th November. The conference, is co-hosted by the EPA and the Irish Centre for European Law (ICEL)