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#Environmental Protection Agency

# environmental-protection-agency - Thursday 21 July, 2022

Eamon Ryan says 'we have to do more' as greenhouse gas emissions top pre-pandemic levels
# EPA
# EPA

Eamon Ryan says 'we have to do more' as greenhouse gas emissions top pre-pandemic levels

Updated Jul 21st 2022, 2:22 PM 24,752 Views 81 Comments
  • The Environmental Protection Agency report shows an increase in emissions of 4.7% in 2021 compared to 2020, when Covid-19 restrictions were in place.
  • There was a 17.6% increase in emissions from the energy industries sector, attributable to a tripling of coal and oil use in electricity generation last year.
  • Agriculture emissions increased by 3% last year, the third year in a row that emissions have risen in the sector.

# environmental-protection-agency - Thursday 26 May, 2022

170,000 homes across Ireland thought to be at risk from Radon gas, EPA says
# EPA
# EPA

170,000 homes across Ireland thought to be at risk from Radon gas, EPA says

May 26th 2022, 6:00 AM 23,529 Views 11 Comments

The gas is linked to around 350 new cases of lung cancer in Ireland every year.

# environmental-protection-agency - Friday 13 May, 2022

EPA reveals Ireland's best and worst quality bathing sites
# Water Quality
# Water Quality

EPA reveals Ireland's best and worst quality bathing sites

May 13th 2022, 6:15 AM 44,822 Views 12 Comments

Just two beaches received a ‘poor’ quality rating.

# environmental-protection-agency - Thursday 7 April, 2022

Peat pressure: Industrial peat extraction in enforcement firing line
# Peat Sake
# Peat Sake

Peat pressure: Industrial peat extraction in enforcement firing line

Apr 7th 2022, 12:05 AM 24,562 Views 7 Comments
  • Historic problems in enforcement of large-scale peat extraction in Ireland has led to the loss of precious bog, writes Niall Sargent
  • Noteworthy investigates the case of Harte Peat found to be operating in breach of EU law
  • 12 other peat extractors are now also subject to ongoing EPA enforcement action

# environmental-protection-agency - Monday 21 March, 2022

High Court orders peat company to halt unauthorised extraction in Midlands
# Peat Extraction
# Peat Extraction

High Court orders peat company to halt unauthorised extraction in Midlands

Mar 21st 2022, 8:00 PM 21,018 Views 0 Comments

Environmental Protection Agency brought injunction proceedings against Harte Peat Ltd.

# environmental-protection-agency - Tuesday 22 February, 2022

One in twenty private water supplies were contaminated with E. coli in 2020, EPA says
# EPA
# EPA

One in twenty private water supplies were contaminated with E. coli in 2020, EPA says

Feb 22nd 2022, 12:05 AM 11,137 Views 9 Comments
  • The agency said 20 of the 380 private group schemes, which serve more than 2,900 people, failed to meet the standard relating to E. coli bacteria.
  • Twenty-two private group schemes also failed to meet the standard for Trihalomethanes (THM).
  • Over a quarter of small private supplies, serving food businesses, nursing homes, crèches and B&Bs, were not monitored at all in 2020.

# environmental-protection-agency - Wednesday 15 December, 2021

It will 'take decades' for Irish Water to remove all lead pipework, EPA says
# Pipe Dreams
# Pipe Dreams

It will 'take decades' for Irish Water to remove all lead pipework, EPA says

Dec 15th 2021, 6:00 AM 12,915 Views 39 Comments

A report by the Environmental Protection Agency has said it has “serious concerns” about the time it takes to implement improvements.

# environmental-protection-agency - Wednesday 3 November, 2021

Raw sewage from 33 towns and villages is flowing into our environment every day
# EPA
# EPA

Raw sewage from 33 towns and villages is flowing into our environment every day

Nov 3rd 2021, 12:15 AM 57,968 Views 40 Comments

Half of Ireland’s urban wastewater is still not treated to the basic EU standards, according to a new report.

# environmental-protection-agency - Friday 10 September, 2021

More than one million tonnes of packaging waste created in Ireland for third year in a row
# Recycling
# Recycling

More than one million tonnes of packaging waste created in Ireland for third year in a row

Sep 10th 2021, 6:00 AM 10,394 Views 23 Comments

Our recycling rate has continued to decline.

# environmental-protection-agency - Friday 23 July, 2021

Irish Water faces sentence over environmental breaches in Cork and Kildare
# Sewage
# Sewage

Irish Water faces sentence over environmental breaches in Cork and Kildare

Jul 23rd 2021, 6:56 PM 24,701 Views 0 Comments

The prosecution was delayed as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.

# environmental-protection-agency - Wednesday 14 July, 2021

Water quality in almost half of Ireland's rivers and lakes deemed unsatisfactory
# Environmental Protection Agency
# Environmental Protection Agency

Water quality in almost half of Ireland's rivers and lakes deemed unsatisfactory

Jul 14th 2021, 7:05 AM 13,565 Views 9 Comments

Many rivers and estuaries in the south and east are under pressure from excess nitrogen from agricultural activities, the EPA said.

# environmental-protection-agency - Monday 1 March, 2021

Pollution causes around 725 deaths in Dublin each year, with 144 linked to diesel emissions, study finds
# EPA
# EPA

Pollution causes around 725 deaths in Dublin each year, with 144 linked to diesel emissions, study finds

Mar 1st 2021, 2:23 PM 15,769 Views 75 Comments

The EPA study based its findings on an analysis of the level of particulate matter (PM2.5) found in the capital.

# environmental-protection-agency - Friday 29 January, 2021

Covid-19 drives biggest drop in Ireland's greenhouse gas emissions since global financial crisis
# CLIMATE CRISIS
# CLIMATE CRISIS

Covid-19 drives biggest drop in Ireland's greenhouse gas emissions since global financial crisis

Jan 29th 2021, 6:00 AM 12,427 Views 16 Comments

The country’s emissions fell by almost 6% last year.

# environmental-protection-agency - Friday 11 December, 2020

EPA: Ireland lacks adequate facilities to process the hazardous waste it generates
# Hazardous Waste
# Hazardous Waste

EPA: Ireland lacks adequate facilities to process the hazardous waste it generates

Dec 11th 2020, 1:59 PM 6,891 Views 11 Comments

581,000 tonnes of hazardous waste were produced in Ireland in 2019.

# environmental-protection-agency - Wednesday 25 November, 2020

Irish performance on climate change 'very poor', says major EPA report
# 2020 Environment
# 2020 Environment

Irish performance on climate change 'very poor', says major EPA report

Nov 25th 2020, 12:05 AM 19,226 Views 53 Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency today launched its State of the Environment report.

# environmental-protection-agency - Friday 20 November, 2020

Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions decreased by 4.5% in 2019 - the largest reduction since 2011
# EPA
# EPA

Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions decreased by 4.5% in 2019 - the largest reduction since 2011

Nov 20th 2020, 6:00 AM 7,446 Views 6 Comments

But the figures also indicate that Ireland is highly unlikely to meet its overall EU targets by the end of this year.

# environmental-protection-agency - Thursday 12 November, 2020

Raw sewage from 35 towns and villages flows into our environment every day
# EPA
# EPA

Raw sewage from 35 towns and villages flows into our environment every day

Nov 12th 2020, 6:15 AM 54,013 Views 45 Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency is sharply critical of Irish Water in its latest report.

# environmental-protection-agency - Friday 25 September, 2020

Poor air quality is prematurely killing over 1,300 in Ireland each year
# Clean Air
# Clean Air

Poor air quality is prematurely killing over 1,300 in Ireland each year

Sep 25th 2020, 6:01 AM 23,042 Views 59 Comments

The EPA’s report for 2019 says action must be taken.

# environmental-protection-agency - Wednesday 16 September, 2020

EPA warns 'single-use and throwaway culture' leading to significant waste levels and decline in recycling
# Rubbish
# Rubbish

EPA warns 'single-use and throwaway culture' leading to significant waste levels and decline in recycling

Sep 16th 2020, 12:47 PM 17,513 Views 43 Comments

Recycling of packaging waste has declined from 70% in 2013 to 64% in 2018.

# environmental-protection-agency - Wednesday 22 July, 2020

Over a quarter of waste water systems inspected last year 'posed risk to human health'
# EPA
# EPA

Over a quarter of waste water systems inspected last year 'posed risk to human health'

Jul 22nd 2020, 12:05 AM 14,517 Views 22 Comments

The EPA’s annual report shows that half of all septic tanks (1,160) failed inspection last year.

# environmental-protection-agency - Thursday 28 November, 2019

Irish newspaper coverage of climate change low by European standards and 'predominantly political'
# Study
# Study

Irish newspaper coverage of climate change low by European standards and 'predominantly political'

Nov 28th 2019, 6:00 AM 7,736 Views 79 Comments

Research found that climate science was generally not contested in Irish reporting.

# environmental-protection-agency - Wednesday 13 November, 2019

Raw sewage from 77,000 people in Ireland flowing into environment every day
# Irish Water
# Irish Water

Raw sewage from 77,000 people in Ireland flowing into environment every day

Nov 13th 2019, 12:05 AM 27,485 Views 47 Comments

Ireland needs “substantial” investment in waste water treatment, the EPA report said.

# environmental-protection-agency - Tuesday 12 November, 2019

Thousands of kilos of potent greenhouse gas leaked from an ESB station. The EPA wasn't told
# Emissions
# Emissions

Thousands of kilos of potent greenhouse gas leaked from an ESB station. The EPA wasn't told

Nov 12th 2019, 6:10 AM 25,924 Views 28 Comments

SF6 is a greenhouse gas with a global warming potential 23,000 times that of carbon dioxide.

# environmental-protection-agency - Thursday 31 October, 2019

'Small black particles' at Irish Water plant led to boil water notice for 600,000 people last week
# Leixlip
# Leixlip

'Small black particles' at Irish Water plant led to boil water notice for 600,000 people last week

Oct 31st 2019, 7:42 AM 38,217 Views 44 Comments

The agency confirmed that a blockage was the main reason for last week’s notice.

# environmental-protection-agency - Wednesday 23 October, 2019

Irish Water apologises to 600,000 customers affected by boil water notice
# Leixlip Water Treatment Plant
# Leixlip Water Treatment Plant

Irish Water apologises to 600,000 customers affected by boil water notice

Oct 23rd 2019, 8:19 AM 38,359 Views 74 Comments

The notice impacts approximately 600,000 people and is expected to stay in place for a number of days.

# environmental-protection-agency - Thursday 19 September, 2019

'A toxic decision': Protest planned after EPA gives green light for Irish Cement Ltd to burn waste
# Limerick
# Limerick

'A toxic decision': Protest planned after EPA gives green light for Irish Cement Ltd to burn waste

Sep 19th 2019, 8:25 PM 20,389 Views 36 Comments

Limerick Against Pollution said “4,400 objections” were lodged against the plans.

# environmental-protection-agency - Friday 12 July, 2019

'It's a real crisis': Billions of litres of untreated water overflows at Ringsend wastewater plant since 2015
# Irish Water
# Irish Water

'It's a real crisis': Billions of litres of untreated water overflows at Ringsend wastewater plant since 2015

Jul 12th 2019, 12:05 AM 61,770 Views 81 Comments

New figures show the extent of overflows at the plant in recent years.

# environmental-protection-agency - Wednesday 3 July, 2019

Warning of 'odour' near Ringsend as EPA says plumes to continue until waste water plant upgrade
# Dublin Bay
# Dublin Bay

Warning of 'odour' near Ringsend as EPA says plumes to continue until waste water plant upgrade

Jul 3rd 2019, 3:14 PM 18,857 Views 72 Comments

It follows an apparent leak at the plant this week.

# environmental-protection-agency - Tuesday 2 July, 2019

EPA to inspect wastewater treatment plant after brown plume discharges into Dublin Bay
# Irish Water
# Irish Water

EPA to inspect wastewater treatment plant after brown plume discharges into Dublin Bay

Jul 2nd 2019, 2:02 PM 24,975 Views 48 Comments

It is the third apparent spillage to occur at the facility this year.

# environmental-protection-agency - Wednesday 5 June, 2019

Internal documents show up to one million litres of oil leaked from ESB underground cables
# Rté Investigates
# Rté Investigates

Internal documents show up to one million litres of oil leaked from ESB underground cables

Jun 5th 2019, 12:07 PM 25,372 Views 29 Comments

An RTÉ Investigates programme will look into the pollution.

# environmental-protection-agency - Tuesday 23 October, 2018

Raw sewage from 38 towns and villages flowing into our environment, report says
# Unacceptable
# Unacceptable

Raw sewage from 38 towns and villages flowing into our environment, report says

Oct 23rd 2018, 7:28 AM 16,720 Views 46 Comments

The EPA’s Dr Tom Ryan said our health is being put at risk due to the impact on our rivers, lakes and coastal waters.

# environmental-protection-agency - Wednesday 16 May, 2018

Here are the best and worst beaches in Ireland to go swimming
# Water Quality
# Water Quality

Here are the best and worst beaches in Ireland to go swimming

May 16th 2018, 6:20 AM 89,106 Views 35 Comments

Seven coastal bathing waters have failed to meet the minimum standard.

# environmental-protection-agency - Saturday 30 December, 2017

'I've had enough': Hundreds of complaints about foul odours across the country
# Smelly
# Smelly

'I've had enough': Hundreds of complaints about foul odours across the country

Dec 30th 2017, 6:00 AM 21,700 Views 10 Comments

Many of the complaints related to the burning of rubbish by their neighbours.

# environmental-protection-agency - Friday 1 December, 2017

Despite setbacks, the Poolbeg incinerator is now fully up and running
# Up And Running
# Up And Running

Despite setbacks, the Poolbeg incinerator is now fully up and running

Dec 1st 2017, 7:11 AM 13,144 Views 40 Comments

The Dublin Waste to Energy project is a public private partnership between Dublin City Council and recycling and energy company Covanta.

# environmental-protection-agency - Tuesday 29 August, 2017

'The reality is it produces dangerous toxins': Concerns about plan to burn tyres at Limerick plant
# Irish Cement
# Irish Cement

'The reality is it produces dangerous toxins': Concerns about plan to burn tyres at Limerick plant

Aug 29th 2017, 6:10 AM 12,422 Views 17 Comments

Irish Cement wants to burn tyres and other industrial waste at its factory in Mungret.

# environmental-protection-agency - Thursday 8 June, 2017

Public health could be 'at risk' from exposure to microplastics in drinking water
# Microbeads
# Microbeads

Public health could be 'at risk' from exposure to microplastics in drinking water

Jun 8th 2017, 3:13 PM 13,503 Views 15 Comments

A new report from the Environmental Protection Agency delves into the source of microplastics in our waters.

# environmental-protection-agency - Thursday 8 December, 2016

Serious accident at Sellafield would pose 'no immediate risks to health' in Ireland
# Radiation
# Radiation

Serious accident at Sellafield would pose 'no immediate risks to health' in Ireland

Dec 8th 2016, 1:34 PM 8,653 Views 56 Comments

A recent BBC panorama investigation suggested there were serious safety concerns at the plant.

'Putting an arsonist in charge of fighting fires' - Trump picks fossil fuel advocate for top environment job
# Donald Trump
# Donald Trump

'Putting an arsonist in charge of fighting fires' - Trump picks fossil fuel advocate for top environment job

Dec 8th 2016, 7:03 AM 14,483 Views 83 Comments

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has spent much of his political career battling the EPA.

# environmental-protection-agency - Wednesday 30 November, 2016

Irish Water to pump €200 million into plant to avoid undrinkable water
# Watering Wicklow
# Watering Wicklow

Irish Water to pump €200 million into plant to avoid undrinkable water

Nov 30th 2016, 2:20 PM 9,787 Views 29 Comments

Not everyone is in favour with the first major upgrade in 150 years of the Vartry scheme.

# environmental-protection-agency - Monday 28 November, 2016

Radon levels 24 times the accepted level found in house
# Radiation
# Radiation

Radon levels 24 times the accepted level found in house

Nov 28th 2016, 8:14 PM 41,699 Views 33 Comments

That’s the radiation equivalent of getting 17 chest X-rays every day.

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