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

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Latest Publications

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Bathing Water Quality In Ireland

A report for the year 2021

This is a report about bathing water quality in Ireland during 2021. Local authorities monitor and manage bathing waters. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) assess water quality information provided by local authorities for the beaches that they manage.

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Guidelines on the information to be contained in Environmental Impact Assessment Reports (EIAR)

Guidelines on the information to be contained in Environmental Impact Assessment Reports (EIAR). The Guidelines are primarily intended to be an authoritative reference to those preparing Environmental Impact Assessment Reports (EIARs) for projects covered by the EIA Directive.

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Ireland's Air Pollutant Emissions 2020 (1990-2030)

Ireland's Air Pollutant Emissions 2020 (1990-2030)

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Residential Solid Fuel Use in Ireland and the Transition Away from Solid Fuels

Research Report 407

This EPA report highlights air quality issues in urban centres in Ireland in recent years. Emissions of fine particulate matter (PM2.5), attributable to the burning of solid fuels, such as coal, peat and wood, are a particular cause of concern.

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EPA Strategic Plan 2022 - 2026

This strategy, the EPA’s sixth, sets out what we intend to achieve over the next five years in delivering our mandate and our purpose to protect, improve and restore our environment through regulation, scientific knowledge and working with others.

New EPA Radon maps show more homes and workplaces at risk from cancer-causing gas.

Date released: May 25, 2022

New radon maps, launched by the Environmental Protection Agency today at the National Radon Forum, show an increased risk from radon in Ireland, with 170,000 homes now predicted to be at risk of radon exposure above the national reference level.

EPA publishes Guidelines on the information to be contained in Environmental Impact Assessment Reports.

Date released: May 17, 2022

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today published 'Guidelines on the information to be contained in Environmental Impact Assessment Reports’.

78% of Ireland’s bathing sites have excellent water quality

Date released: May 12, 2022

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today published the Bathing Water in Ireland report for 2021, which shows that 78 per cent of bathing sites have excellent water quality, while 97 per cent meet the minimum standard.

EPA Climate Change Conference 2022: Creating Ireland's Climate Future

Date released: June 01, 2022

The EPA Climate Change Conference is a hybrid event and being held at the Croke Park Stadium Conference Centre, and online.

EPA Water Conference 2022 - 18 + 19 May, Galway and online

Date released: May 18, 2022

The EPA Water Conference 2022 is being held on 18 and 19 May, in Galway and online.