2016 Press Releases

View all the press releases for 2016 below.

January 2016

EPA Statement re Prime Time Programme 7 Jan 2016 featuring ENVA - Jan 07 2016, 10:00 PM
Following last night’s Prime Time programme featuring ENVA Ireland Ltd in Portlaoise, the EPA would like to reiterate some vital points it made many times to the programme makers, and in all key correspondence, but which did not come through in the programme that finally aired.

EPA-funded research- Antibiotics and antibiotic resistant bacteria in our sewers - Jan 14 2016, 10:53 AM
The EPA has today published the results of research by scientists at the School of Medicine and Centre for Health from Environment at NUI Galway and colleagues at UCD. This research looked at whether antibiotics and antibiotic resistant bacteria are present in hospital sewage, and city sewage.

EPA launches its Strategic Plan 2016-2020 – ‘Our Environment, Our Wellbeing’ - Jan 28 2016, 10:19 AM
The EPA today launched their Strategic Plan for 2016 – 2020, titled ‘Our Environment, Our Wellbeing’. The Strategic Plan highlights the importance of a clean, protected environment for our health, our wellbeing and our quality of life.

February 2016

EPA publishes 2014 Annual Report - Feb 02 2016, 2:54 PM
A welcome shift away from landfill; an expanded role in implementing the Water Framework Directive; more than 1,300 industrial and waste site visits and 14 prosecutions – these are among the highlights in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Annual Report for 2014 published today.

EPA 2015 in Review - Feb 11 2016, 8:55 AM
Last year, 2015, saw a major step forward in global and local actions on climate change, according to Laura Burke, Director General of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). She was speaking at the release of a review of EPA activities in 2015.

March 2016

Ireland projected to miss its EU greenhouse gas emission reduction targets - Mar 07 2016, 8:55 AM
Environmental Protection Agency figures released today show that Ireland is unlikely to meet its 2020 EU greenhouse gas emission reduction targets and cast doubts over efforts to transition to a low carbon economy in the long term.

The EPA welcomes publication of Central Statistics Office data on environmental attitudes and behaviours - Mar 14 2016, 9:59 AM
The EPA welcomes the publication today, by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), of the results of the Quarterly National Household Survey module on Household Environmental Behaviours.

Keen to live green? What households can do. - Mar 15 2016, 10:34 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today launched the new Livegreen.ie online resource for householders and families. Livegreen.ie provides trusted and reliable advice and guidance on a range of environmental and health matters, supporting the public in accessing up to date environmental information.

April 2016

93 per cent of Irish bathing waters meet minimum EU Standards - Apr 04 2016, 4:25 PM
- 93 per cent of Irish bathing waters meet minimum EU Standards - Three quarters of bathing waters continue to be of ‘Excellent’ quality for the second year running The EPA report for Bathing Water Quality in Ireland in 2015shows that despite a cool and, at times, wet and windy summer, the overall quality of Ireland’s bathing waters continues to be extremely good, with the stricter standards providing a high level of protection for bathers.

Greenhouse gas emissions from Ireland’s ETS sector increased in 2015, EPA reports - Apr 19 2016, 10:19 AM
Participants in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme based in Ireland reported 5.5 per cent more greenhouse gas emissions in 2015 than in 2014. This is compared to a fall of approximately 0.4 per cent across Europe in Emissions Trading Scheme emissions.

Environmental Protection Agency releases updated Remedial Action List - Apr 20 2016, 2:53 PM
The EPA has today updated the Remedial Action List for public drinking water supplies.

Fourteen homes in Co. Clare have tested high for radon in 2015 - Apr 25 2016, 11:43 AM
Fourteen homes in Co. Clare have tested high for the cancer causing gas radon so far this year. Figures released today by the EPA’s Office of Radiological Protection show that homes with high levels of naturally occurring radon have been found in Ennis, Clarecastle, Corofin, Ennistymon, Tulla and Quin. One home in Ennis had over nine times the acceptable level. For the occupants of this home, the radiation dose they are exposed to is equivalent to receiving about 6 chest X-rays every day.

May 2016

Composting and Anaerobic Digestion of waste continues to grow in 2015 - May 03 2016, 11:15 AM
The EPA has today released 2015 figures on composting and anaerobic digestion of biodegradable waste in Ireland, coinciding with the opening of the Global Organic Resources Congress in Dublin.

New EPA Director Appointed by Government - May 12 2016, 1:15 PM
The EPA is pleased to announce the appointment, by Government, of Dr Micheál Lehane as a Director of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Planning for Climate Change adaptation now essential for Ireland’s social & economic resilience – EPA publishes guidance for local authorities - May 25 2016, 10:01 AM
The EPA has today published Guidelines to make it easier for local authorities to plan for the inevitable consequences of climate change. The Guidelines were officially launched by Denis Naughten, TD, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources in Athlone today.

June 2016

Making it Easier for You to Get Information About Your Local Water Catchment and Get Involved in Protecting It - Jun 08 2016, 9:30 AM
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July 2016

EPA Splash website- Tips and advice for anyone planning a trip to the beach! - Jul 19 2016, 11:35 AM
With schools closed, the summer holidays in full swing and temperatures set to hit 30 degrees in some parts of the country today, now is the time to plan a trip to one of Ireland’s beautiful beaches and lakes. To help you choose where to go, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides up-to-date information on the water quality at 140 beaches and lakes nationwide on their Splash website, www.splash.epa.ie

August 2016

EPA facilitation assists Irish researchers in securing €7 million in EU funding for Environmental Research - Aug 08 2016, 2:26 PM
Irish environmental researchers have secured over €7 million in funding for environmental research during the first two years of Europe’s flagship research programme, Horizon 2020.

September 2016

€2 million in research funding announced by EPA- Putting knowledge into action on Sustainability - Sep 01 2016, 10:23 AM
The EPA today announced that almost €2 million is to be made available to Irish researchers to conduct research in the area of sustainability.

"Ireland at a crossroads- our decisions today will have implications for decades to come," says EPA Director General - Sep 21 2016, 4:00 PM
Ireland has particular vulnerabilities to climate change and has a very strong stake in ensuring that global action on reducing carbon emissions is effective, according to Laura Burke, Director General of the EPA. Speaking at the annual ‘Environment Ireland’ conference, she stressed the need for urgent transformation of our energy, transport and agriculture sectors. She also highlighted the need to re-frame the discussion of de-carbonisation as a positive, not a negative.

October 2016

Proposed programme to provide local air quality information - Oct 11 2016, 11:00 AM
The consultation paper National Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Programme 2017-2022 provides a roadmap for the overall development of ambient air quality monitoring in Ireland over the next five years

Farm Hazardous Waste Collections 2016 - Oct 13 2016, 11:31 AM
Farmers across Ireland will again have an opportunity to safely dispose of hazardous wastes from their farms at ten collection events during October and November.

Radon.ie- the primary resource for advice about radon in Ireland. - Oct 24 2016, 9:37 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today launched the new Radon.ie online resource. Your complete radon guide, Radon.ie includes advice and information to help protect people against this carcinogenic gas that can accumulate inside buildings. From families, employers and school managers to health and building professionals or home buyers and sellers, the website provides relevant radon information.

Over 100 drinking water supplies in need of remedial works to avoid threat of water restrictions, says EPA - Oct 27 2016, 12:03 AM
The Drinking Water Report for 2015, released today, indicates that the majority of our 962 drinking water supplies are safe and comply with microbiological and chemical standards. However, the EPA has identified 108 “at risk” supplies in the latest Remedial Action List, also released today, where improvement works are necessary to ensure they are safe and secure. These supplies serve 830,000 consumers.

November 2016

Transformational change needed to deal with climate change and other risks to our health and natural environment - Nov 07 2016, 3:25 PM
The EPA today launched its sixth State of the Environment Report. The Report, produced every four years, provides an overview of the condition of our waters, air and natural resources and the impact of the main economic sectors on the environment.

Radon Kills. Cancer causing gas is a cause for concern in Wicklow – Get your home tested today! - Nov 11 2016, 12:42 PM
The EPA is encouraging people in Co. Wicklow to test their homes for radon. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas with no colour, taste or smell. Every year in Ireland exposure to radon in homes is linked to some 250 lung cancers. The EPA has highlighted Wicklow as a priority county as many parts of the county are known to have high radon levels.

Little evidence of ‘decoupling’ as greenhouse gas emissions on the rise - Nov 10 2016, 11:34 AM
Environmental Protection Agency figures released today show that Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions have increased significantly in 2015, with the link between economic growth and increased emissions yet to be broken.

Ireland’s air quality faces pollution challenges from solid fuel burning and traffic - Nov 16 2016, 10:00 AM
In general air quality in Ireland is good, largely as a result of our relative lack of large cities, weather and access to predominantly clean air from the south west. However, the report released today shows that despite our monitored air quality being within EU limit values we face challenges in maintaining this position.

‘Significant funding required for waste water treatment if pollution and health risks to be avoided’ says EPA - Nov 23 2016, 11:58 PM
The EPA report on Urban Waste Water Treatment in 2015, released today, shows that a substantial and sustained increase in investment in public waste water treatment infrastructure is needed to eliminate discharges of raw sewage, comply with European Union treatment standards and protect our environment and public health from the adverse effects of waste water discharges.

EPA supports Ireland’s businesses, farmers and communities in becoming more sustainable - Nov 25 2016, 11:00 AM
Innovative Irish organisations and individuals are taking steps to reduce their impact on the environment, and their bank balances, by being more efficient, says the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as it releases its report, Towards a Resource Efficient Ireland: Annual Report for 2015. The EPA supports resource efficiency initiatives right around Ireland.

Radon: the Silent Killer. EPA calls for people living in high radon areas to test their homes for radon - Nov 28 2016, 9:56 AM
The EPA is calling on people in High Radon Areas to test their homes for radon. Since 2010 the EPA’s Office of Radiological Protection has carried out awareness campaigns in the 12 radon priority counties and undertaken testing for 4,700 householders. Of the homes tested, over 700 had raised radon levels and almost 80 had extremely high radon levels. Radon is second only to smoking as the leading cause of lung cancer. It is estimated that some 250 lung cancer cases each year in Ireland are linked to radon exposure.

Recognising the benefits of a good quality environment to health and wellbeing- Inaugural EPA-HSE conference on Environment, Health and Wellbeing - Nov 30 2016, 9:55 AM
The EPA and HSE are today jointly hosting an Environment & Health Conference in Dublin. Entitled Our Environment, Our Health, Our Wellbeing, the conference aims to promote a greater awareness of the impact of environmental quality on human health.

Joint Research Programme on Environmental Impacts of Unconventional Gas Exploration & Extraction - Nov 30 2016, 2:14 PM
Joint Research Programme on Environmental Impacts of Unconventional Gas Exploration & Extraction Joint Research Programme on Environmental Impacts of Unconventional Gas Exploration & Extraction

December 2016

A Sellafield accident would pose no immediate health risk but strong food controls would be necessary, says EPA - Dec 08 2016, 11:00 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today published a report on the potential radiological impact of a severe accident at the Sellafield nuclear fuel reprocessing plant. While previous studies showed that the likelihood of a severe accident at Sellafield is low, the accident scenarios studied were those identified as having the greatest potential to have an impact on Ireland. This report complements the recently published ESRI report into the significant economic consequences of such an event.

New EPA Advisory Committee - Dec 19 2016, 1:08 PM
The 7th EPA Advisory Committee was appointed by Mr. Denis Naughten, TD, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment on 5 December 2016.

Compliance levels are good overall with most significant issues arising at a small number of licensed sites - Dec 21 2016, 10:00 AM
The EPA Licensed Sites - Report on Enforcement 2015 released today gives details of compliance levels and enforcement activities across a range of industries in 2015.

EPA publishes Annual Report and Accounts for 2015 - Dec 21 2016, 4:12 PM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today published its Annual Report for the year ended 31 December 2015.