Climate Change

Climate change means a significant change in the measures of climate, such as temperature, rainfall, or wind, lasting for an extended period – decades or longer.

Climate Change and You

What's happening and what impact will climate change have on Ireland?

Waste water

The Environmental Protection Agency is the environmental regulator of Irish Water. We issue and enforce authorisations for waste water discharges.

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Waste water and You

How best to maintain your septic tank.


The Environmental Protection Agency licences, monitors and regulates certain activities in the waste sector.

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Waste and You

Learn more about waste

Drinking water

The Environmental Protection agency is the drinking water quality regulator, responsible for enforcing the Drinking Water Regulations for public water supplies.

Drinking water and You

Where does your drinking water come from?


The EPA assess exposure to radiation from sources in the environment through monitoring programmes and operates a graded authorisation system to register and licence any practice involving the use of radioactive sources or equipment such as X-ray.

Radiation and You

What is Radiation and how can it affect you?


The Environmental Protection Agency manages the national ambient air quality monitoring network. We also measure the levels of emissions of a number of atmospheric pollutants. The ambient air pollutants of most concern are fine particulate matter from the burning of solid fuel and nitrogen dioxide from transport emissions.

Air and You

See the air quality index for health, this will tell the about air in your area

Additional Our Services

Latest Publications

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National Hazardous Waste Management Plan 2021 - 2027

The Environmental Protection Agency has prepared this National Hazardous Waste Management Plan (NWHMP) for the Republic of Ireland

It sets out the priorities to be pursued over the next six years and beyond to improve the prevention and management of hazardous waste. The purpose of this plan is to protect the environment and human health in Ireland through best-practice management of hazardous wastes.

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Climate change in the Irish Mind

Baseline study of the Irish population's beliefs, attitudes, policy preferences and behaviours regarding climate change.

This Report was undertaken by the EPA and the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication in support of the National Dialogue on Climate Action.

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Research 400

Use of Constructed Wetlands for Treating Mine Waste Leachates: Assessment of Longevity and Management Implications

This study provides evidence of the effectiveness of constructed wetlands for treating mine waters from different settings over time frames of several years.

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Drinking Water Quality in Public Supplies 2020

This report is an overview of the quality of drinking water in public water supplies and public group schemes during 2020. It is based on the assessment of monitoring results reported to the EPA by Irish Water and local authorities, and on the EPA's enforcement activities

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Focus on Local Authority Environmental Enforcement

Activity Report 2020

This report outlines the positive work that local authorities carried out in 2020 focusing on National Enforcement Priorities.

EPA competition asks second-level students to consider the global impact of their everyday decisions – The Story of Your Stuff.

Date released: January 11, 2022

Second-level students from across Ireland are asked to consider the global consequences of local actions as the EPA today launches The Story of Your Stuff competition 2022. The competition asks students to think about the wider environmental impact of their everyday decisions. It asks student to research the life cycle and environmental impact of an everyday item - such as their toothbrush - or everyday activity - such as eating their lunch, and to present their findings in a creative way.

Iarrann comórtas an EPA ar dhaltaí dara leibhéal machnamh a dhéanamh ar thionchar domhanda a gcinntí laethúla - The Story of Your Stuff.

Date released: January 11, 2022

Agus an EPA ag seoladh an comórtas The Story of Your Stuff 2022 inniu, iarrtar ar dhaltaí dara leibhéal ar fud na hÉireann na hiarmhairtí domhanda a baineann le gníomhartha áitiúla a mheas. Cuireann an comórtas roimh dhaltaí smaoineamh ar thionchar comhshaoil leathan a gcinntí laethúla. Iarrtar ar dhaltaí taighde a dhéanamh ar shaolré agus ar thionchar comhshaoil earra laethúil - mar shampla, scuab fiacla - nó gníomhaíocht laethúil - mar do lón a ithe, agus a gcuid torthaí a chur i láthair i slí cruthaitheach.

More focused and co-ordinated enforcement is needed by local authorities to protect water and air quality, cautions EPA.

Date released: December 16, 2021

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today released its report on local authority environmental enforcement activities for 2020. The EPA has seen a high level of inspections and enforcement actions carried out by local authorities, with the bulk of these relating to waste and litter. Local authorities also handled a substantial volume of environmental complaints during the year - predominantly relating to waste issues.