The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is the competent authority for granting and enforcing Industrial Emissions (IE) & Industrial Pollution Control (IPC) licences for specified industrial and agriculture activities listed in the First Schedule to the Environmental Protection Agency Act 1992 as amended.
In 1996 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began licensing certain activities in the waste sector. These include landfills, transfer stations, hazardous waste disposal and other significant waste disposal and recovery activities. Detailed procedures on processing waste licence applications are set out in the Waste Management Act 1996 as amended and associated regulations.
All discharges to the aquatic environment from sewerage systems owned, managed and operated by Irish Water require a waste water discharge licence or certificate of authorisation from the EPA. Irish Water is required to apply to the EPA for a licence or certificate of authorisation for all agglomerations.
The Environmental Protection Agency is obliged to process applications from local authorities in relation to ‘closed landfills’ in accordance with the Waste Management (Certification of Historic Unlicensed Waste Disposal and Recovery Activity) Regulations, 2008.
Petrol storage installations involved in the loading of petrol into, or unloading of petrol from, mobile containers are required to apply for a permit.
Dumping at sea from vessels, aircraft or offshore installation of a substance or material without a permit is prohibited by the Dumping at Sea Act 1996 as amended. The purpose of a Dumping at Sea permit is to regulate the dumping of material at sea. Certain functions relating to dumping at sea were transferred to the EPA; Foreshore and Dumping at Sea (Amendment) Act 2009 empowering the EPA to decide on an application for a permit to dispose of material at sea and the subsequent issue of Dumping at Sea permit.
Reducing man-made greenhouse gas emissions can help to limit global warming. The EU emissions trading system (EU ETS) is an essential part of the EU’s policy to combat climate change. The EU ETS is a “cap and trade” scheme where a limit (the cap) is placed on the right to emit specified pollutants over a geographic area and companies can trade emission rights within that area. It is the key tool for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, such as carbon dioxide (CO2), from electricity generation and industry. The EU ETS makes investing in environmentally friendly technology economically beneficial for industry and airlines. Current list of Permitted Installations under the European Communities (Greenhouse Gas) Regulations (SI 490 of 2012 and amendments)
Under the MCP Regulations, the EPA is required to establish and maintain a register of all MCP that come within the scope of the Regulations unless the MCP is located on an installation controlled by an IED or IPC licence from the EPA. MCP which are not located on an IED or IPC licensed installation will need to be registered, in accordance with the dates specified in the Regulations.
This register has been developed to meet the obligations of Regulation 19 of the Extractive Industries Regulations 2009. Each Local Authority is required to enter and maintain entries in this register for all extractive industries within its functional area.
The National Waste Collection Permit Office (NWCPO) maintains the collection permit system.