2014 Press Releases

View all the press releases for 2014 below.


January 2014

EPA survey shows dioxin levels in the Irish Environment remain well below EU limits - Jan 09 2014, 11:00 AM
The latest Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report on dioxin levels in the Irish environment shows that dioxin levels in all of the samples taken in a 2012 survey were well below the relevant EU limits.

Fire at Oxigen Environmental Waste Facility, Ballymount, Dublin 22 - Jan 27 2014, 4:40 PM
The EPA was informed on the 25th January 2014 of a serious fire at the Oxigen Environmental Waste Facility in Ballymount, Dublin and has attended the site each day. In coordination with the Gardaí, Dublin Fire Brigade is managing the incident. There is a significant reduction in smoke from the facility today.

Fire out at Oxigen, Merrywell, Dublin - Jan 30 2014, 1:30 PM
Fire out at Oxigen Environmental Waste Facility, Ballymount, Dublin 22

February 2014

Exploring Irish wetland habitats: EPA launches new schools' resources - Feb 03 2014, 10:39 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched a new teaching resource to support Post Primary Schools in exploring wetland habitats such as rivers and lakes, turloughs, bogs and fens.

Increased coal fired electricity generation increases emissions of key air pollutant - Feb 06 2014, 6:50 AM
The EPA today published figures for emissions of four key air pollutants. These pollutants can cause respiratory problems, contribute to the acidification of soil and surface water, and damage vegetation.

A Year in Review- Highlights from 2013 - Feb 20 2014, 4:04 PM
2013 was a year of significant achievement for the Environmental Protection Agency in challenging circumstances as the Agency continues to extend its work in protecting the environment in our role as environmental regulator, knowledge provider and advocate for the environment.

Ireland’s environment starts in your backyard - Feb 26 2014, 9:33 AM
Thinking globally and acting locally has been made a little easier by the development of a new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mapping application called My Local Environment or Timpeall an Ti.

March 2014

EPA calls for the elimination of raw sewage entering the environment and improvement in the management of wastewater plants - Mar 13 2014, 6:30 AM
Data in the EPA Urban Waste Water Report, released today, shows that significant improvement in the infrastructure and management of waste water from Ireland’s towns and villages is needed.

Ireland now recovers more municipal waste than it sends to landfill - Mar 19 2014, 9:00 AM
The EPA today published preliminary figures for municipal solid waste generation and management in 2012. These figures provide valuable information about how we generate and dispose of municipal waste, and inform Ireland’s approach to developing a resource-efficient society.

April 2014

National inspection of septic tanks has commenced. Interim results show more than half of septic tanks fail inspection, says EPA - Apr 02 2014, 6:30 AM
The EPA today released a review of progress in implementing the National Inspection Plan for Domestic Waste Water Treatment Systems 2013. The National Inspection Plan is being implemented by Local Authorities under the supervision of the EPA.

EPA statement regarding ENVA Ireland, Portlaoise - Apr 11 2014, 6:44 PM
The EPA is satisfied that the activities of ENVA Ireland are compliant with its licence and do not pose a risk to local residents, to health, or to the environment.

May 2014

97% of Irish bathing waters meet EU standards - May 01 2014, 9:30 AM
Ireland’s bathing waters continue to be of a very high standard, with 97 per cent of designated bathing areas meeting the minimum EU qualifying standard.

Greenhouse gas emissions from Ireland's power generating sector fell in 2013, EPA reports - May 08 2014, 10:00 AM
Participants in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme based in Ireland reported 7 per cent fewer greenhouse gas emissions for 2013 than in 2012. Almost 100 major industrial and institutional sites in Ireland participate in the Emissions Trading Scheme.

EPA projections show that Ireland faces considerable challenges to becoming a low-carbon economy - May 28 2014, 12:02 AM
Environmental Protection Agency figures released today show that Ireland faces considerable challenges in moving to a low carbon economy. In particular, there is a significant risk that, even under the best-case scenario, Ireland will not meet its EU 2020 targets.

June 2014

Greater risk of illness if you drink contaminated water from private wells. Up to one third of private wells are contaminated by E.coli says EPA - Jun 05 2014, 12:01 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Health Service Executive (HSE) are advising people that water supplies from private wells can be contaminated with E-coli.

Company directors who flout environmental law increasingly the subject of legal action, says EPA - Jun 19 2014, 11:00 AM
The EPA today published its Focus on Environmental Enforcement in Ireland report covering the years 2009 – 2012. The report assesses Ireland’s enforcement of environmental standards and highlights the challenges the State faces in complying with European requirements for air, water and waste.

Take-back scheme for expired medicines needed, EPA reports, given potential for environmental pollution - Jun 25 2014, 12:02 AM
The EPA has today released the National Hazardous Waste Management Plan for the years 2014-2020. The plan sets out the priorities to be pursued over the next six years and beyond to improve the management of Ireland’s hazardous waste.

€7 million in research funding announced by EPA- Putting knowledge into action on Climate, Water and Sustainability - Jun 27 2014, 10:00 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), today launched its new research programme, open to researchers and companies, which will support positive and pragmatic research into the issues that affect us and our environment. The EPA also announced that €7 million is to be made available under the programme’s first funding call in the areas of Climate, Water and Sustainability, released today.

July 2014

Advanced laser systems reveal hidden carbon in Ireland's hedgerows and woods - Jul 22 2014, 3:01 PM
EPA funded research has found that hedgerow and woodlands in Ireland could make a significant contribution to reducing the amount of carbon in the atmosphere. Using Laser Radar, known as LiDAR, the project has provided amazing detail about the amount of carbon stored in Ireland’s hedgerows.

We are not acting quickly enough on climate change says Director General of the EPA - Jul 25 2014, 9:00 AM
We need a clear vision in Ireland for how we generate, how we supply and how we use clean energy if we are to play our part in lowering emissions of carbon dioxide, mainly from fossil fuels.

We need to live better while using less - EPA report sets out how to break the link between economic growth and environmental impact - Jul 03 2014, 12:00 PM
Millions of Euro per year can be saved right across the economy and society if people use water, energy and raw materials in a better way - through efficient production processes and less wasteful consumption. If we want our society to be competitive and sustainable we need to live better while using less. This is the central message of the sustainability strategy Towards a Resource Efficient Ireland, released by the EPA today.

August 2014

EPA and RPII merge - Aug 01 2014, 9:00 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency and the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland merged today. RPII staff transfer to the EPA and RPII functions will now be carried out by a newly established Office of Radiological Protection within the EPA.

Irish households are creating less waste and disposing less of what we do create - Aug 06 2014, 9:30 AM
The EPA today published the 2012 National Waste Report. The data provides valuable information on trends in waste generation and management and show the impact of an evolving waste policy landscape in Ireland, and changing household behaviours in relation to waste generation.

Theft of a Hand Held X-ray Device - Aug 29 2014, 12:17 PM
The EPA was informed that an Innov-X hand held X-Ray Fluorescent (XRF) Analyzer was stolen from a van in a hotel car park in Dundalk sometime between the night of Wednesday 27th August and the following morning.

September 2014

Volcano in Iceland- Impact on Air Quality in Ireland - Sep 07 2014, 2:26 PM
The EPA has detected signals of an impact on air quality from the Bardarbunga Volcano.

Buying green is good for business and good for the environment - Sep 11 2014, 9:00 AM
Alan Kelly T.D., Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government today launched Green Procurement Guidance for the public sector at the Environment Ireland conference. The guidance was prepared by the EPA in collaboration with a number of State Agencies and Government Departments.

Launch of on-line soil maps completes the Irish Soils jigsaw - Sep 15 2014, 9:57 AM
A harmonised soil map of Ireland with an associated web-based soil information system has been unveiled jointly today by Teagasc and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

A common refrigerant gas that harms the ozone layer to be banned in December; EPA provides advice for affected businesses - Sep 15 2014, 4:11 PM
The 16th September marks International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer. The theme of the Day this year is Ozone Layer Protection: The Mission Goes On.

October 2014

EPA Climate Change Lecture - Oct 04 2014, 12:34 PM
The EPA climate change lecture series continues on Monday 6 October next with a lecture entitled Climate Change Now - Emissions, Limits and Possibilities.

Farm Hazardous Waste Collection Campaign 2014 - Oct 20 2014, 9:29 AM
A cross government collaboration will again provide farmers with bring centres for the collection of farm hazardous waste at ten locations throughout the country during October and November 2014.

EPA reports on 2013 air quality and industrial air emissions - Oct 22 2014, 3:48 PM
Two reports on air quality, published by the EPA today, show that Ireland’s industrial air emissions comply with international standards and air quality in Ireland compares favourably with other EU countries

Irish public places a high value on our rivers, lakes and seas - Oct 24 2014, 10:06 AM
The high value placed on our rivers, lakes and seas by the Irish public has been shown in a new research report published by the EPA today.

November 2014

Industry could save €7 billion over 10 years through resource efficiency activities - Nov 04 2014, 11:06 AM
Improving resource efficiency and resource productivity could yield savings of €7 billion for Irish businesses, an EPA-funded research study has found.

EPA Climate Change Lecture 5th November: Climate Change Now- The Impacts - Nov 04 2014, 2:58 PM
Dr Chris Field, one of the key authors of that report will present the next lecture in the EPA's climate change lecture series this week. Dr Field is the Co-Chair of IPCC working group II which looked at the impacts of climate change and adaptation options and will talk about their findings. The lecture takes place on Wednesday 5th November, in the Mansion House.

One in six homes tested in Mayo has unacceptably high levels of radon - Nov 14 2014, 12:31 PM
The EPA’s Office of Radiological Protection has today launched a dedicated communications campaign to generate awareness of the dangerously high levels of radon gas in Co. Mayo.

EPA publishes 2013 Annual Report & Accounts - Nov 19 2014, 2:26 PM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today published its Annual Report for the year ended 31 December 2013.

EPA figures show less waste going to landfill and more to energy recovery - Nov 20 2014, 10:02 AM
The EPA today published three waste bulletins that provide the latest trends on household waste; treatment of residual waste (typically black bin waste); composting and anaerobic digestion.

December 2014

National greenhouse gas emissions lower in 2013, however, increases recorded in agriculture, transport and households - Dec 03 2014, 9:30 AM
The EPA released provisional greenhouse gas emissions figures today which show that total greenhouse gas emissions fell by 0.7% to 57.81 million tonnes in 2013. While the overall reduction in greenhouse gas emissions is welcome, the picture in individual sectors is mixed; specifically, those sectors not part of the EU emissions trading scheme all show increased emissions.

38 of Ireland’s Largest Sewage Discharges Fail to Meet Treatment Standard - Dec 12 2014, 12:00 AM
The EPA Urban Waste Water Report 2013, shows that significant improvement is needed in the infrastructure and management of waste water from Ireland’s towns and villages.