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# EPA

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2022
# factory farm
Intensive farming set to ramp up if planned pig and poultry farms approved
If given the go ahead, up to 12 million more chickens and 55,000 more pigs would be industrially reared.
If given the go ahead, up to 12 million more chickens and 55,000 more pigs would be industrially reared
This would produce roughly 26,000 tonnes of excrement annually, Noteworthy reports
Climate scientist: Proposed increase 'especially concerning' given impact on ammonia emissions
The Explainer x Noteworthy: Is Ireland a dumping ground for poultry manure?
'Canary in the coal mine': Protected nature areas under pressure from poultry farming
# recycling
Rising levels of waste making it difficult to increase recycling rates, EPA warns
The EPA’s national waste statistics report for 2020 has been published today.
# County Councils
Report: Here are the counties performing the best and worst on local environment issues
The EPA has identified the highest and lowest-performing local authorities on issues like air and water quality and waste.
# Dirty water
Ireland continues to pump poorly treated sewage into rivers and lakes nationwide
The EPA says just 51% of sewage was treated to the EU standards.
# EPA
Only half of Irish rivers and lakes able to sustain healthy ecosystems for fish and insects
The decrease in water quality is mostly caused by agricultural activities, particularly on the southeast and southern coasts
# Uisce
Irish Water too slow at replacing lead pipes – EPA
The EPA said it is ‘unacceptable’ that it would take 24 years to replace Irish Water’s lead pipe connections.
# Nuclear Emergency
Ireland's nuclear emergency response plan tested yesterday for the first time in five years
The training exercise was held to ‘test the national response to a nuclear emergency abroad’.
# Annual Report
There are 'concerning localised issues' impacting negatively on air people breathe, EPA warns
The EPA has today launched its annual air quality report, Air Quality in Ireland 2021.
# EPA
Public urged to make an Enduring Power of Attorney as research shows just 6% have done so
Safeguarding Ireland has urged people to plan ahead to ‘reduce adult abuse’.
# Carlow
Carlow company told to engage with EPA following complaints about strong odour
The council launched an investigation following complaints from residents.
THE MORNING LEAD
EPA seeks report from Waterford council over use of bleach to 'disinfect' rivers since 1980s
A report by
Eoghan Dalton
It comes following outcry over the use of the chemical near popular beaches in the county.
The local authority's use of sodium hypochlorite dates back to the 1988 - far longer than previously thought.
The Environmental Protection Agency has now sought a report from Waterford City and County Council over its use of chlorine.
# EPA
Eamon Ryan says 'we have to do more' as greenhouse gas emissions top pre-pandemic levels
The figures show an increase in emissions of 4.7% in 2021 compared to 2020, when Covid restrictions had led to a significant decrease in emissions.
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.
'Impossible' targets would undermine agri-sector's 'green image', McConalogue told Ryan
Ireland 'urgently' needs to do more to protect coasts and adapt to climate change impacts
# factory farm
The Explainer x Noteworthy: Is Ireland a dumping ground for poultry manure?
Noteworthy’s Niall Sargent and journalist Ella McSweeney tell Susan Daly about concerns over the cross-border poultry manure trade.
THE MORNING LEAD
Deaths of at least 80 cows in last decade linked to spreading of poultry manure
A report by
Niall Sargent
Cross-border investigation reveals concerns over regulation of the trade in poultry litter, an increasingly important natural fertiliser used on crops and vegetables.
16 farms inspected in last decade over concerns with poor spreading of poultry litter, Noteworthy reveals
In the most impactful case, 19 dairy cows died across two farms from botulism linked to litter spreading
Difficult for authorities to identify farms of origin of the litter for inspection or further action
'Canary in the coal mine': Protected nature areas under pressure from poultry farming
'Potential fraud' in poultry farm planning applications investigated in the North
# factory farm
'Canary in the coal mine': Protected nature areas under pressure from poultry farming
Cross-border investigation reveals serious environmental and air quality concerns from ammonia produced by the rapidly expanding poultry industry on the island of Ireland.
THE MORNING LEAD
'Potential fraud' in poultry farm planning applications investigated in the North
A report by
Niall Sargent
Noteworthy cross-border project reveals serious concerns over the authenticity of documents claimed to be from an Irish State body.
Falsified or altered Teagasc letters used in 23 poultry farm planning cases in the North, Noteworthy reveals
Both national and local authorities in the North are currently investigating the issue
Several cases of dumping of poultry litter discovered in Northern Ireland since 2015
# factory farm
Suspected false documents and illegal dumping: the murky world of poultry manure
Noteworthy reveals serious concerns over authenticity of files used in some poultry farm planning cases in the North and where the manure is going.
# Leaks
ESB Networks fined over greenhouse gas leakages at Moneypoint power station
It was fined €1,000 and must pay €20,390 in legal costs over the emission of sulphur hexafluoride in 2018 and 2019.
# EPA
Over half of septic tanks failed inspections in 2021, EPA says
Under a third of septic tanks were also considered a risk to human health and the environment by the EPA.
# Investigation
Peat’s Sake: Leading company under EPA spotlight for potential unlicensed extraction
Noteworthy investigation reveals Klasmann-Deilmann Ireland is one of a dozen large-scale peat extractors currently being investigated by the environmental watchdog.
The Irish branch of peat giant Klasmann-Deilmann is being investigated by the EPA in relation to peat extraction in the Midlands, writes Noteworthy’s Niall Sargent
In June 2021, the EPA warned Klasmann it was of the view that the company was committing a serious and ongoing breach of EU environmental law
Almost a dozen other large-scale peat extractors are also under investigation by the environmental watchdog
# EPA
170,000 homes across Ireland thought to be at risk from Radon gas, EPA says
The gas is linked to around 350 new cases of lung cancer in Ireland every year.
# Water quality
EPA reveals Ireland's best and worst quality bathing sites
Just two beaches received a ‘poor’ quality rating.
# peat sake
Peat pressure: Industrial peat extraction in enforcement firing line
Historic problems revealed in crackdown on extraction without planning permission and EPA licensing.
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
# peat extraction
High Court orders peat company to halt unauthorised extraction in Midlands
Environmental Protection Agency brought injunction proceedings against Harte Peat Ltd.
# peat sake
EPA to investigate complaint about State response to peat extraction on protected bogs
The move from the environmental watchdog comes in response to a complaint from an environmental NGO about illegal cutting.
# EPA
One in twenty private water supplies were contaminated with E. coli in 2020, EPA says
An Environmental Protection Agency report said the quality of drinking water from private supplies is “not as good as it should be”.
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.
# peat extraction
EPA ‘kicked the stool’ from under peat company seeking extraction licence, High Court hears
Harte Peat Ltd is seeking to overturn the EPA’s refusal to examine its applications for a licence it made in 2019.
# peat extraction
Horticultural peat unlawfully removed ‘much like rock from a quarry’, High Court hears
Environmental Protection Agency is seeking an injunction against Harte Peat Ltd to halt peat extraction in Westmeath.
# peat extraction
Unlicensed peat extraction causing ‘irreversible’ environmental damage, High Court told
Environmental Protection Agency is seeking an injunction against Harte Peat Ltd to halt peat extraction in Westmeath.
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THE MORNING LEAD
Irish people 'overwhelmingly recognise' climate change threat as 90% say we must act on emissions
A report by
Lauren Boland
Only 9% of people think Ireland is too small to make a difference on the climate, a new EPA report has found.
Only 9% of people think Ireland is too small to make a difference on the climate, Lauren Boland reports.
Nine in tene believe that it has a responsibility to act and reduce greenhouse emissions, a new report has found.
The same number of people believe politicians need to be doing "more" or "much more" to address climate change.
'Critical gaps' between government's climate plans and what it's actually doing - report
People under 60 likely to face ‘less liveable’ world, Mary Robinson says
# peat sake
New peat legislation slammed as ‘incompatible’ with climate targets and EU law
The Bill, fast-tracked by Fine Gael and Fianna Fail senators, would remove the need for planning permission to extract peat for horticultural sector use.
Legal experts argue that new peat legislation disregards strict EU environmental law, writes Niall Sargent as part of Noteworthy investigation of peat extraction
Bill would give planning exemption to peat extraction for horticulture and pause any ongoing enforcement action until at least 2026
Peatland experts are also concerned the Bill is ' not compatible' with our climate action goals
# air quality
'Our actions impact the air we breathe': Report highlights less traffic as key to better air
Pollutants in Ireland’s air in 2020 exceeded guidelines from the World Health Organization.
# EPA
Raw sewage from 33 towns and villages is flowing into our environment every day
Half of Ireland’s urban wastewater is still not treated to the basic EU standards, according to a new report.
# Contaminated water
'Abject failure' led to 900,000 water users being without boil notices after two contaminations
There were 52 confirmed illnesses after contaminated water entered the public drinking supply.
# Irish Water
Local politicians say they warned council and Irish Water of illness in Gorey in late August
At least 52 people fell ill after untreated water passed through the system.
# Drinking Water
At least 52 people fell ill after contaminated water entered the public drinking supply
Several illnesses were reported by the HSE.
# recycling
More than one million tonnes of packaging waste created in Ireland for third year in a row
Our recycling rate has continued to decline.
# Balbriggan
Do Not Swim notice extended for 72 hours at north Dublin beach
Another Do Not Swim notice which was in place at Malahide Beach has been lifted.
# Barclay Chemicals Manufacturing
Weed killer company to pay €5,000 to charity over pollution in River Tolka
An inspector said the firm discharged 5,000 times the limit of glyphosate that should be in groundwater.
# Sewage
Irish Water faces sentence over environmental breaches in Cork and Kildare
The prosecution was delayed as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.