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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Compliance and Enforcement Publications

Compliance and Enforcement Policy

This document sets out the policy that the EPA applies when enforcing environmental and radiological protection legislation.

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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
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)

EPA finds that half of all complaints received during first nine months of 2020 were in relation to activities at four licensed industrial and waste sites

Date released: October 19, 2020

The EPA today published the latest National Priority Sites List, and also published updated information on the enforcement activities of the EPA during the first nine months of 2020.