2015 Press Releases

View all the press releases for 2015 below.


January 2015

Further drinking water restrictions likely unless systems improve - Jan 20 2015, 12:05 AM
Monitoring of public drinking water quality in Ireland shows that: 99.8 % of samples comply with microbiological limits. 99.5 % of samples comply with chemical limits.

A Year in Review- EPA highlights from 2014 - Jan 22 2015, 9:00 AM
EPA Director General, Laura Burke, reviews key activities undertaken by the EPA during 2014 and sets out environmental protection challenges for 2015.

February 2015

Review of first year of National Inspection Plan for septic tanks shows that almost half of household septic tanks fail inspection - Feb 03 2015, 10:00 AM
The EPA today released a review of the implementation of the National Inspection Plan for Domestic Waste Water Treatment Systems 2013, for the period 1st July 2013 – 30th June 2014. The National Inspection Plan is being implemented by local authorities under the supervision of the EPA.

Preparations for IAEA review of radiation protection regulation in Ireland - Feb 17 2015, 2:59 PM
Representatives of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) arrived in Dublin today to make final preparations for a formal review of Ireland’s radiation protection regulatory framework against international standards in compliance with European directives.

March 2015

State of the European Environment 2015 - Mar 03 2015, 9:00 AM
The European Environment Agency (EEA) today released its State of the Environment Report (SOER) 2015. This report provides a comprehensive assessment of the European environment’s state, trends and prospects, and places it in a global context.

Half of legal actions taken by EPA in 2013 were against waste operators - Mar 04 2015, 3:38 PM
The EPA report on waste enforcement, released today, shows that half of legal actions taken by the EPA were against waste facilities. Waste licences, which represent 15 per cent of EPA licences, are disproportionately represented in EPA legal actions.

Loading the Dice- The role of climate change in storms and floods- EPA Climate Change Lecture Series - Mar 11 2015, 10:10 AM
Professor Myles Allen will present the next EPA Climate Change Lecture in the Mansion House today, Wednesday 11th March.

April 2015

80 homes recently tested in Mayo have unacceptably high levels of radon - Apr 09 2015, 4:39 PM
Following the EPA's campaign last November encouraging Mayo homeowners to test their homes for the radioactive gas radon, 80 homes in areas across the county including Ballina, Crossmolina, Claremorris, Kiltimagh and Castlebar tested above the acceptable level.

Greenhouse gas emissions from Ireland’s cement sector increased in 2014, EPA reports - Apr 13 2015, 9:24 AM
Greenhouse gas emissions from Ireland’s cement sector increased in 2014, EPA reports “The need to decouple economic recovery from increased CO2 emissions is evident” says EPA Participants in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme based in Ireland reported 1.7 per cent more greenhouse gas emissions in 2014 than in 2013. This is compared to a fall of approximately 4% across the EU in Emission Trading Scheme emissions. The increase is largely due to increased emissions from the cement sector (an increase of 31 per cent overall from the four Irish plants) and reflects increased production due to a rising demand for cement.

Kerdiffstown Landfill Remediation Project confirmed - Apr 21 2015, 4:30 PM
Kildare County Council and the EPA today welcome news from the Department of Environment, Community & Local Government of continued funding for the remediation of Kerdiffstown Landfill to protect the environment surrounding the site.

94 per cent of Irish bathing waters meet new stricter EU Standards - Apr 20 2015, 11:55 PM
Overall, the quality of Ireland’s bathing waters continues to be very good and new standards introduced in 2014 provide a much higher level of protection for bathers. 94 per cent of Irish bathing waters meet new stricter EU Standards. Three quarters of bathing waters were rated as being of ‘Excellent’ quality.

May 2015

EPA’s App makes it easy for people to report environmental pollution - May 06 2015, 9:28 AM
The Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly T.D. today launched the Android version of the successful Environmental Protection Agency See it? Say it! App. The App has been developed to help people report any environmental pollution they see via their phones.

Assessment of Emissions to Air at ENVA Ireland Limited, Waste Management Facility, Portlaoise, Co. Laois EPA Licence Reg. No. W0184-01 - May 13 2015, 11:48 AM
The EPA has today published an interim status report into its review of air emissions from ENVA Ireland Ltd, Clonminam Industrial Estate, Portlaoise, Co. Laois.The report has been produced in response to concerns raised about the quality, associated impact and risk posed by air emissions from ENVA Ireland Ltd. ENVA Ireland Ltd Portlaoise carries out a range of waste activities under the EPA licence W0184-01. The primary focus of this review related to air emissions from the reprocessing of waste oil to produce a fuel oil.

Ireland faces significant challenges in becoming a low carbon economy according to EPA projections - May 18 2015, 11:00 AM
EPA figures released today show that significant effort will be needed for Ireland to meet its EU greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets and become a low carbon economy.

Ireland hosts IPCC meeting on Climate Change, Food Security and Agriculture - May 27 2015, 9:57 AM
Over the next three days, Ireland, through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), will host a meeting for over 60 global experts on climate change, food security and agriculture. The experts will consider the state of scientific understanding about food production, an issue that is central to global actions on climate change.

June 2015

National Radon Control Strategy – One Year On - Jun 03 2015, 9:22 AM
The twelfth National Radon Forum, to be held at EPA Headquarters in Wexford today, will review progress on the implementation of the National Radon Control Strategy. Participants will hear of work to make information about radon more accessible to homeowners and employers, to improve the effectiveness of preventive measures in new buildings and to ensure public confidence in the radon industry.

EPA welcomes publication of national strategy to reduce exposure to lead in drinking water - Jun 09 2015, 3:37 PM
The EPA welcomes the publication today, by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government and the Department of Health, of the National Strategy to Reduce Exposure to Lead in Drinking Water.

Emissions of pollutants to air from large industrial activities in Ireland are reducing according to EPA report - Jun 10 2015, 4:51 PM
The EPA has today published a report on Ireland’s 2013 European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register for large industrial facilities. The report summarises mass releases of specified pollutants above certain thresholds from facilities covered by the European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register legislation.

EPA-funded research develops novel solution for removing Cryptosporidium from water supplies - Jun 29 2015, 8:00 AM
The EPA has published the results of significant collaborative research between Athlone Institute of Technology and National University of Ireland, Galway led by Professor Neil Rowan. This research has developed high-intensity pulsed light as a novel technology for disinfecting drinking water.

August 2015

Odour and noise nuisance from industrial & waste facilities top complaints from the public - Aug 25 2015, 11:45 PM
The EPA Licensed Sites Report on Air Emissions 2014, shows that the performance of over 750 EPA licensed activities, in terms of controlling pollutant emissions to atmosphere, is generally very good.

September 2015

Commencement of an international peer review of Ireland’s radiation safety regulatory arrangements against international standards - Sep 02 2015, 10:06 AM
The Minister for Environment, Community, and Local Government, Mr Alan Kelly TD, welcomed a team of senior international experts to Ireland to commence a review of Ireland’s radiation safety regulatory arrangements against international standards in compliance with European directives.

IAEA Mission Says Ireland’s Regulatory Body Effective - Sep 11 2015, 1:50 PM
An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts said Ireland benefits from an effective and independent radiation safety regulatory body. They also made several recommendations to further strengthen Ireland’s regulatory safety framework.

We live in Ireland as though we had 3.2 planets at our disposal - Becoming more sustainable will enhance our health, our wellbeing and our economy - Sep 16 2015, 9:00 AM
We need to mobilise the four and a half million people living in Ireland to place the environment at the heart of their decisions and actions every single day - only by doing this can we build a sustainable future.

Ireland's air quality compares favourably with other EU countries - Sep 28 2015, 11:00 AM
Ireland’s air quality currently is good, relative to other EU member states, but maintaining this standard is a growing challenge, according to the EPA’s latest air quality report.

October 2015

Public Consultation Launched for new Environmental Protection Agency Draft Strategy 2016-2020 - Oct 01 2015, 2:59 PM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today announced that it is seeking the views of the public on the Agency’s fifth formal strategy, before its finalisation later this year. The deadline for submissions is Friday 23 October 2015.

Farm Hazardous Waste Collection Campaign 2015 - Oct 05 2015, 10:24 AM
Farmers will once again have an opportunity to dispose of their hazardous farm waste at temporary bring centres at ten locations throughout the country during October and November 2015.

Population on boil water notices at an historic low. Elimination of the threat of long-term boil water notices is a priority. - Oct 14 2015, 4:43 PM
The EPA Drinking Water Report 2014, released today, shows a high level of compliance with the microbiological and chemical standards.

EPA Prosecutes Eye Spy CCTV Limited under Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations - Oct 23 2015, 3:01 PM
On 30 September Eye Spy CCTV Limited, Unit S1 Ballymount Industrial Estate, Ballymount, Dublin 12 were prosecuted for 15 offences under the European Union (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Regulations, 2014.

DPP convicts Jenzsoph Limited - Oct 27 2015, 3:47 PM
On 27 October, at Dublin Circuit Court, Jenzsoph Limited was convicted by the DPP under section 32(1) and section 6(a) of the Waste Management Act 1996. Judge Patrick McCartan imposed fines of €10,000,000 for each charge.

November 2015

10,000 people in Co.Clare have had their homes tested for Radon. Have you? - Nov 05 2015, 12:53 PM
The EPA’s Office of Radiological Protection has today launched a dedicated communication campaign to generate awareness of the high levels of radon gas in Co.Clare. Radon is a radioactive gas that is linked to the development of lung cancer.

Counties Cork, Donegal and Galway fail to provide adequate sewage treatment facilities to meet EU standards - Nov 24 2015, 10:15 AM
The EPA Urban Waste Water Treatment Report for 2014, released today, highlights the need for investment in waste water infrastructure to eliminate the discharge of raw sewage from urban areas and to meet European Union standards intended to prevent the adverse environmental and public health effects associated with sewage.

Strategic planning is needed to address Ireland's climate challenges - Nov 27 2015, 12:24 PM
The EPA has today published a new research report on high resolution regional climate modelling projections for Ireland. The report reveals how key features of Ireland’s climate, including the average temperature, rainfall and the types of storms, are projected to change over the coming decades.

December 2015

EPA to target further enforcement action at waste facilities to reduce odour and fire risks - Dec 08 2015, 4:30 PM
The EPA Licensed Sites - Report on Waste Enforcement 2014 released today, shows that fire prevention remains a key priority at waste facilities.

Advice for Private Well Owners Affected by Flooding - Dec 11 2015, 11:58 AM
The EPA recommends that if your well has been affected by the recent flooding you should make sure it is properly disinfected before using it for drinking water. Details of how you can disinfect your well are below. This procedure should be carried out once the flooding has subsided.

National Greenhouse Gas Emissions respond to warmer winter and warming economy - Dec 15 2015, 11:00 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today releases provisional greenhouse gas emissions figures today for the time period 1990 – 2014. For 2014, total national greenhouse gas emissions are estimated to be 58.2 million tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (Mt CO2 eq) which is 0.7 % lower than emissions in 2013.