Overview

The EPA is responsible for the environmental regulation of large industrial and waste activities. Our objective is to ensure that operators carry on their activities in accordance with their EPA licences.

Our Office of Environmental Enforcement (OEE) works to achieve this objective through a combination of promoting compliance, providing guidance and assistance, monitoring compliance, inspections and sampling, and by taking enforcement actions where necessary. For more information on our activities, see Enforcing Licences, Permits and Authorisations.

The OEE Regional Enforcement Teams are based in our Headquarters in Wexford and in Dublin, Cork and Castlebar. The teams oversee compliance by the licensed sites operating in their regions.

Industrial and waste enforcement data

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site visits

455

site inspections carried out during Q1 and Q2 2021

complaints

Q1 & Q2 2021 compared to Q1 & Q2 2020

11%

increase in complaints received

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incidents

Incidents are categorised as minor, limited, serious, very serious or catastrophic

The vast majority of incidents reported are minor

corporate compliance

non-compliances

552

Non-compliances recorded during Q1 and Q2 2021

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compliance investigations

open investigations

115

26 of which were opened during Q1 and Q2 2021

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National Priority Sites

target enforcement effort at licensed operators

with the poorest environmental performance

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financial provisions

value of financial provisions

€798m

in place for financial provisions priority sites

Latest compliance & enforcement Publications

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Industrial and Waste Licence Enforcement

A summary report for 2020

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

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EPA Industrial and Waste Licence Enforcement Report 2018

A summary report for 2018

This report focuses on the enforcement of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) industrial and waste licensed facilities in 2018 by the EPA's Office of Environmental Enforcement.

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EPA Industrial and Waste Licence Enforcement Report 2017

A report for 2017

This report focuses on the enforcement of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) industrial and waste licensed facilities in 2017 by the EPA's Office of Environmental Enforcement.

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EPA Industrial and Waste Licence Enforcement Report 2016

A report for 2016

This report focuses on the enforcement of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) industrial and waste licensed facilities in 2016 by the EPA's Office of Environmental Enforcement.

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EPA Industrial and Waste Licence Enforcement Report 2015

A report for 2015

This report focuses on the enforcement of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) industrial and waste licensed facilities in 2015 by the EPA's Office of Environmental Enforcement.

Learn more 

Go to our interactive EPA map which shows the locations of industrial, waste and other licensed, permitted and authorised sites