Licensing - Dumping at Sea (DaS permits)

The Foreshore and Dumping at Sea (Amendment) Act 2009 amends the Dumping at Sea Act 1996 as amended so that certain functions relating to dumping at sea are transferred from the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

From 15th February 2010 it is the function of the EPA to issue Dumping at Sea permits under the Dumping at Sea Act 1996 as amended.

The Dumping at Sea Act 1996 as amended, prohibits the dumping at sea from vessels, aircraft or offshore installation of a substance or material unless permitted by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Who needs a DaS permit?

Any person who wishes to dispose of material at sea is required to apply for a Dumping at Sea permit.  The Foreshore and Dumping at Sea (Amendment) Act 2009 empowers the Agency to decide on an application for a permit to dispose of material at sea.

Dumping at Sea Legislation

Dumping at Sea Register

Learn  more:

How to make a submission on a DaS Permit Application

Application FormGuidance NoteMaterial Analysis Reporting Form and Judicial Review process.

Summary Flow Chart outlining the Dumping at Sea process.

Search for a DaS permit application on this website.

For more information, please download the free booklet:  Dumping at Sea - EPA Enforcement and Permitting

Further reading:  OSPAR Commission Report - JAMP assessment of the environmental impact of dumping of wastes at sea (pdf document, 1.36MB) 

If you require a Dumping at Sea permit please contact the EPA's Environmental Licensing Programme at:

Office of Environmental Sustainability

PO Box 3000

Johnstown Castle Estate

County Wexford

Telephone Locall 1890 33 55 99 or 053 91 606000

E-mail licensing@epa.ie

 

Submissions

A submission is written comments / observations on a permit application and any such plans, maps, reports, documents and other information and particulars which are submitted by the applicant.


Who can make a submission?

Any person can make a submission in accordance with Section 5A(3) of the Dumping at Sea Act 1996, as amended, on a permit application to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


How can I make a submission?

You can make a submission by post or by emailing the Agency at licensing@epa.ie.  If you intend to submit video footage as part of a submission, it must be in MP4 format.  Any other format will not be accepted.


When can I make a submission?

Submissions on a permit application can be made in accordance with Section 5A(3) of the above Act i.e.


- 21 days (maintenance dredging projects of less than 12 months duration) or
- 1 month (maintenance dredging projects of greater than 12 months)

from the publication of the newspaper notice by the Applicant.

It is important to lodge your submission as early as possible in accordance with the above statutory timeframes, as late submissions cannot be considered.  All submissions we receive are acknowledged in writing.


How will I know what the EPA’s decision is?

Anyone who makes a valid submission will be notified that the Agency has made its decision and that the decision is available to view on the Agency's website.

Withdrawal of a Submission

A submission may be withdrawn by the submitter at any time prior to it being considered by the Board of the Agency.

For further information contact the Environmental Licensing Programme at:


Office of Environmental Sustainability
PO Box 3000
Johnstown Castle Estate
County Wexford

Tel: Locall 1890 33 55 99  OR  053 916 0600
Fax: 053 916 0699
Email: licensing@epa.ie