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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

The Environmental Protection Agency is at the front line of environmental protection and policing. We ensure that Ireland's environment is protected, and we monitor changes in environmental trends to detect early warning signs of neglect or deterioration.

Protecting our environment is a huge responsibility, and we work with a number of organisations that carry out specific environmental functions. As of August 2014, we are also responsible for ensuring that the people of Ireland are protected from the harmful effects of radiation.

The EPA is an independent public body established under the Environmental Protection Agency Act, 1992. The other main instruments from which we derive our mandate are the Waste Management Act, 1996, and the Protection of the Environment Act, 2003 and Radiological Protection (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2014.

We have a wide range of functions to protect the environment, and our primary responsibilities include:

Environmental licensing
Enforcement of environmental law
Environmental planning, education and guidance
Monitoring, analysing and reporting on the environment
Regulating Ireland's greenhouse gas emissions
Environmental research development
Strategic environmental assessment
Waste management
Radiological protection

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)