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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Industrial and Waste Licence Enforcement -

2021 Summary Report

The report summarise details of the OEE's enforcement activities at licensed industrial and waste sites for 2021.

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Focus on Local Authority Environmental Enforcement

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

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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
Unlawful Peat Extraction Ordered to Cease

Date released: April 08, 2022

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) welcomes the Order of the High Court today, which has required Harte Peat to cease the extraction of peat in the particular areas outlined in the judgment of Ms Justice Phelan - which was delivered recently.

The EPA Welcomes the Judgment in relation to the cessation of the extraction of peat by Harte Peat

Date released: March 16, 2022

The EPA welcomes the High Court Judgment of Ms. Justice Phelan today, in the matter of the EPA's application for injunctive relief for the cessation of the extraction of peat by Harte Peat, from a large area of peatlands in Counties Westmeath, Cavan and Monaghan.

EPA enforcement efforts targeted unauthorised peat extraction, waste management and water quality issues in 2021

Date released: March 03, 2022

Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published its’ annual summary report on the enforcement activities carried out in 2021, along with the list of sites which were designated a National Priority Site during the year.