What They Are Responsible For
The Environmental Protection Agency is at the front line of environmental protection and policing. They ensure that Ireland's environment is protected, and they monitor changes in environmental trends to detect early warning signs of neglect or deterioration.
Protecting our environment is a huge responsibility, and they work with a number of organisations that carry out specific environmental functions. As of August 2014, they 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 they derive their mandate are the Waste Management Act, 1996, and the Protection of the Environment Act, 2003 and Radiological Protection (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2014.
They have a wide range of functions to protect the environment, and their primary responsibilities include:
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
Staff at Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have experience in