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Posted 12/09/2011


Regardless of whether the emission is to waters, atmosphere or ground the same basic principles are applied by regulatory authorities when setting limits in licenses and permits.

-          Is there a statutory limit that must be adhered to?

-          What is the BAT guidance limit?

-          What is the impact of the emission?

Posted 24/06/2011


Our next IPPC Licence Management Training Course takes place in the Radisson Hotel, Little Island, Co. Cork on 12th October 2011 (9:30 – 16:30). Course places are strictly limited to 10 to allow for interaction and discussion. Topics covered include;

Posted 20/06/2011


One of the easiest ways to reduce your environmental cost is to reduce the amount of monitoring carried out at your facility. One of the conditions included in most IPPC, Waste and Trade Effluent permits allows the regulator to vary the frequency of monitoring once requested to do so by the licensee or permit holder.

Posted 17/06/2011


Environet has recently completed a review of the Industrial Emissions Directive (24 November 2010) and its implications for impacted facilities. Below are the main outcomes of that review. We have excluded implications for large combustion and waste incineration plants which will be dealt with in a future news item.

Posted 07/06/2011


When someone refers to an ‘incident’ in relation to environmental compliance we immediately think of a spill or other relatively serious occurrence at a facility. However the EPA definition of a reportable incident is very broad and can be summarised as follows;

Posted 23/05/2011


What needs to happen when there are changes at a licensed facility that may have an environmental impact? 3 common scenarios are outlined below;

Minor Changes - such as minor changes to process, raw materials, final product and abatement with no impact on emissions.

These are usually accommodated under Condition 1.4 of the IPPC licence, which requires the licensee to obtain approval from the EPA but does not involve a Technical Amendment of Licence Review.

Posted 28/04/2011


The use of solvents in Ireland comes under 2 distinct regulatory regimes, IPPC and AIC.


The EPA is the regulatory authority in Ireland for the implementation of the IPPC Directive. While the IPPC Directive of 1996 specified an annual consumption threshold of 200 t per annum, its implementation in Ireland set the annual threshold limit at just 10 t.


Posted 02/03/2011


Since 2007 DG Environment has been investigating the possibility of introducing a SOx/NOx Emissions Trading Scheme. This scheme would have presumably operated in a similar manner to the current CO2 scheme. Following the publishing of a number of reports in December 2010 on the issue, the Commission has decided not to pursue a trading scheme for the following reasons;

Posted 22/02/2011


The EPA is the competent authority for ambient air quality monitoring in Ireland. Limits are set for the following substances under the Clean Air for Europe Directive (2008) and the Fourth Daughter Directive (2007); Nitrogen Dioxide, Sulphur Dioxide, Ozone, Carbon Monoxide, PM10, PM2.5, Lead, Benzene, Arsenic, Cadmium, Nickel, Mercury and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons.