Environmental Protection Agency, Ireland

Environmental Protection Agency, Ireland


The Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, was set up in 1993 Our mission is to protect and improve the environment as a valuable asset for the people of Ireland and to protect people and the
environment from harmful effects of radiation and pollution To help achieve this mission we work to ensure that reliable information on environmental
trends is made available so that necessary actions are taken. Our staff are based at eight country-wide locations with headquarters at Johnstown Castle, Wexford So, what is the EPA responsible for? One. We are responsible
for licensing and regulating large scale activities to ensure that they do not
endanger human health or harm the environment. These include: industrial
facilities, waste facilities – such as landfills and incinerators; sources of
ionising radiation – such as radioactive materials; wastewater treatment plants,
intensive agriculture and the use and release of genetically modified organisms – GMOs Two. We also have a national environmental policing role we conduct audits and inspections of licensed facilities to ensure compliance with license conditions we oversee the environmental protection
responsibilities of Irish water and of local authorities who play important
roles in relation to drinking water, waste water, air, noise, planning and water
quality we collaborate with many other authorities to tackle environmental crime and prosecute those who transgress laws protecting the environment Three. We monitor, analyse and report on the quality of our environment including our air, rivers, lakes, tidal and ground waters This independent scientific reporting is
used to inform decision making by local and national government and the EU. Four. Greenhouse gases contribute to climate change and are produced by
transport, agriculture, industry, energy and waste. The EPA compiles historical
and projected Irish greenhouse gas emissions annually this information
enables measurement of progress towards our international emission reduction
targets The EPA also implements the EU emissions trading scheme in Ireland for
over 100 industries and the aviation sector Five. We provide advice to the
government and the public on matters relating to radiological safety. The EPA’s radioactivity monitoring program assesses the levels of radioactivity to which the Irish population is exposed. We work closely with government, international agencies, emergency services and licensed operators to prepare national plans for radiation emergencies. Six. The EPA
believes in living better using less. Our Begreen programs for businesses,
communities and homes are designed to reduce waste, save money and benefit the environment Seven. The EPA coordinates an extensive national environmental research program generating the knowledge and expertise needed to protect and manage Ireland’s environment. To sum up, the EPA plays a key role in
providing guidance on: promoting awareness of, and regulating
environmental and radiological issues we do this through our licensing
enforcement and assessment roles we work with others to advocate for a clean productive and well protected environment and for sustainable environmental behaviour. To find out more about what we do check out our website at www.epa.ie

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