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Posted 15/06/2012


In April 2012 the EPA issued a comprehensive new Guidance Note for Noise. The document is intended to assist licensed activities with the assessment of their potential and actual noise impact on the local environment.

Posted 08/06/2012


The EPA has issued guidance on the licensing of emissions to groundwater. This comes on foot of the requirements of the European Communities Environmental Objectives (Groundwater) Regulations, 2010 (S.I. No. 9 of 2010) (Groundwater Regulations). Prior to these Regulations the applicable instrument was usually a Section 4 licence under the Local Government (Water Pollution) Acts 1977-1990. However the approach to the licensing of discharges to ground has been extremely inconsistent.

Posted 15/05/2012


More than 12,000 installations are covered by the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS). 105 of these installations are located in Ireland.

Posted 26/04/2012


Ireland has been taken to the ECJ (European Court of Justice) by the Commission on many occasions for breaches of EU environmental legislation. To date cases have been settled prior to the imposition of any fines. However Ireland is getting closer to the imposition of fines as a number of cases are now at Stage Two of enforcement proceedings.

Posted 16/04/2012


Climate Change Adaptation is now receiving a lot of attention at EU level. Its one thing to prove and that climate change is occurring but its another to actually prepare for it.

A new website from the European Environment Agency aims to collate the many sources of information and provide the knowledge base to inform people about climate change and specifically climate change adaptation

Posted 13/03/2012


In June 2011 the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government published a discussion document ‘Altering the Structure of Household Waste Collection Markets’. The main policy change involves ‘franchise bidding’ from waste companies for the right to collect waste in a particular Local Authority area. The current system allows waste companies to offer services wherever they see fit. In some areas this gives residents the option of a number of providers and has in general brought more competition and keener pricing.

Posted 12/03/2012


Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs) released to surface waters have been an issue of concern for some time. The vast majority of APIs are discharged to the environment from municipal wastewater treatment plants but regulators have been slow to control such discharges. More attention has been paid to discharges from industrial plants as inputs and outputs are easier to control.

Posted 05/03/2012


For facilities that are generally compliant with environmental legislation, one of the areas in which they are most exposed is in relation to waste management. In the event of a problem regarding a waste contractor, media coverage will focus on the well known companies that have used the contractor as opposed to the lesser known contractor. We believe that industrial facilities may be exposed for the following reasons;

Posted 21/02/2012


Currently the EPA is reviewing IPPC licenses with a view to ensuring compliance with the Surface Water Regulations (S.I. 272 of 2009). The regulations set new ambient concentration limits which include stricter limits on nutrient (Nitrogen & Phosphorus) concentrations in surface waters.

Posted 09/02/2012


It is estimated that as many as 200 deaths per year in Ireland occur as a result of lung cancer caused by exposure to radon. We are all aware of radon exposure in the home but radon exposure in the workplace gets less media attention.