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# epa - Monday 20 June, 2022

Peat’s Sake: Leading company under EPA spotlight for potential unlicensed extraction
# Investigation
# Investigation

Peat’s Sake: Leading company under EPA spotlight for potential unlicensed extraction

Jun 20th 2022, 12:05 AM 29,026 Views 11 Comments
  • 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 - Thursday 26 May, 2022

170,000 homes across Ireland thought to be at risk from Radon gas, EPA says
# EPA
# EPA

170,000 homes across Ireland thought to be at risk from Radon gas, EPA says

May 26th 2022, 6:00 AM 23,504 Views 11 Comments

The gas is linked to around 350 new cases of lung cancer in Ireland every year.

# epa - Friday 13 May, 2022

EPA reveals Ireland's best and worst quality bathing sites
# Water Quality
# Water Quality

EPA reveals Ireland's best and worst quality bathing sites

May 13th 2022, 6:15 AM 44,744 Views 12 Comments

Just two beaches received a ‘poor’ quality rating.

# epa - Thursday 7 April, 2022

Peat pressure: Industrial peat extraction in enforcement firing line
# Peat Sake
# Peat Sake

Peat pressure: Industrial peat extraction in enforcement firing line

Apr 7th 2022, 12:05 AM 24,512 Views 7 Comments
  • 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

# epa - Monday 21 March, 2022

High Court orders peat company to halt unauthorised extraction in Midlands
# Peat Extraction
# Peat Extraction

High Court orders peat company to halt unauthorised extraction in Midlands

Mar 21st 2022, 8:00 PM 20,985 Views 0 Comments

Environmental Protection Agency brought injunction proceedings against Harte Peat Ltd.

# epa - Wednesday 2 March, 2022

EPA to investigate complaint about State response to peat extraction on protected bogs
# Peat Sake
# Peat Sake

EPA to investigate complaint about State response to peat extraction on protected bogs

Updated Mar 2nd 2022, 2:22 PM 14,060 Views 15 Comments

The move from the environmental watchdog comes in response to a complaint from an environmental NGO about illegal cutting.

# epa - Tuesday 22 February, 2022

One in twenty private water supplies were contaminated with E. coli in 2020, EPA says
# EPA
# EPA

One in twenty private water supplies were contaminated with E. coli in 2020, EPA says

Feb 22nd 2022, 12:05 AM 11,127 Views 9 Comments
  • 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.

# epa - Tuesday 25 January, 2022

EPA ‘kicked the stool’ from under peat company seeking extraction licence, High Court hears
# Peat Extraction
# Peat Extraction

EPA ‘kicked the stool’ from under peat company seeking extraction licence, High Court hears

Jan 25th 2022, 6:30 PM 13,197 Views 0 Comments

Harte Peat Ltd is seeking to overturn the EPA’s refusal to examine its applications for a licence it made in 2019.

# epa - Thursday 20 January, 2022

Horticultural peat unlawfully removed ‘much like rock from a quarry’, High Court hears
# Peat Extraction
# Peat Extraction

Horticultural peat unlawfully removed ‘much like rock from a quarry’, High Court hears

Jan 20th 2022, 7:00 PM 20,961 Views 0 Comments

Environmental Protection Agency is seeking an injunction against Harte Peat Ltd to halt peat extraction in Westmeath.

# epa - Wednesday 19 January, 2022

Unlicensed peat extraction causing ‘irreversible’ environmental damage, High Court told
# Peat Extraction
# Peat Extraction

Unlicensed peat extraction causing ‘irreversible’ environmental damage, High Court told

Jan 19th 2022, 7:00 PM 20,369 Views 0 Comments

Environmental Protection Agency is seeking an injunction against Harte Peat Ltd to halt peat extraction in Westmeath.

# epa - Friday 10 December, 2021

Irish people 'overwhelmingly recognise' climate change threat as 90% say we must act on emissions
# Survey
# Survey

Irish people 'overwhelmingly recognise' climate change threat as 90% say we must act on emissions

Updated Dec 10th 2021, 2:33 PM 16,527 Views 77 Comments
  • 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.

# epa - Monday 29 November, 2021

New peat legislation slammed as ‘incompatible’ with climate targets and EU law
# Peat Sake
# Peat Sake

New peat legislation slammed as ‘incompatible’ with climate targets and EU law

Nov 29th 2021, 12:05 AM 37,993 Views 31 Comments
  • 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

# epa - Tuesday 23 November, 2021

'Our actions impact the air we breathe': Report highlights less traffic as key to better air
# Air Quality
# Air Quality

'Our actions impact the air we breathe': Report highlights less traffic as key to better air

Nov 23rd 2021, 6:15 AM 8,459 Views 24 Comments

Pollutants in Ireland’s air in 2020 exceeded guidelines from the World Health Organization.

# epa - Wednesday 3 November, 2021

Raw sewage from 33 towns and villages is flowing into our environment every day
# EPA
# EPA

Raw sewage from 33 towns and villages is flowing into our environment every day

Nov 3rd 2021, 12:15 AM 57,901 Views 40 Comments

Half of Ireland’s urban wastewater is still not treated to the basic EU standards, according to a new report.

# epa - Thursday 14 October, 2021

'Abject failure' led to 900,000 water users being without boil notices after two contaminations
# Contaminated Water
# Contaminated Water

'Abject failure' led to 900,000 water users being without boil notices after two contaminations

Updated Oct 14th 2021, 2:10 PM 19,773 Views 26 Comments

There were 52 confirmed illnesses after contaminated water entered the public drinking supply.

# epa - Monday 20 September, 2021

Local politicians say they warned council and Irish Water of illness in Gorey in late August
# Irish Water
# Irish Water

Local politicians say they warned council and Irish Water of illness in Gorey in late August

Updated Sep 20th 2021, 4:15 PM 28,990 Views 40 Comments

At least 52 people fell ill after untreated water passed through the system.

# epa - Friday 17 September, 2021

At least 52 people fell ill after contaminated water entered the public drinking supply
# Drinking Water
# Drinking Water

At least 52 people fell ill after contaminated water entered the public drinking supply

Updated Sep 17th 2021, 9:32 PM 50,938 Views 31 Comments

Several illnesses were reported by the HSE.

# epa - Friday 10 September, 2021

More than one million tonnes of packaging waste created in Ireland for third year in a row
# Recycling
# Recycling

More than one million tonnes of packaging waste created in Ireland for third year in a row

Sep 10th 2021, 6:00 AM 10,372 Views 23 Comments

Our recycling rate has continued to decline.

# epa - Monday 9 August, 2021

Do Not Swim notice extended for 72 hours at north Dublin beach
# Balbriggan
# Balbriggan

Do Not Swim notice extended for 72 hours at north Dublin beach

Aug 9th 2021, 6:13 PM 19,171 Views 7 Comments

Another Do Not Swim notice which was in place at Malahide Beach has been lifted.

# epa - Monday 26 July, 2021

Weed killer company to pay €5,000 to charity over pollution in River Tolka
# Barclay Chemicals Manufacturing
# Barclay Chemicals Manufacturing

Weed killer company to pay €5,000 to charity over pollution in River Tolka

Jul 26th 2021, 5:13 PM 29,123 Views 0 Comments

An inspector said the firm discharged 5,000 times the limit of glyphosate that should be in groundwater.

# epa - Friday 23 July, 2021

Irish Water faces sentence over environmental breaches in Cork and Kildare
# Sewage
# Sewage

Irish Water faces sentence over environmental breaches in Cork and Kildare

Jul 23rd 2021, 6:56 PM 24,692 Views 0 Comments

The prosecution was delayed as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.

# epa - Wednesday 14 July, 2021

Water quality in almost half of Ireland's rivers and lakes deemed unsatisfactory
# Environmental Protection Agency
# Environmental Protection Agency

Water quality in almost half of Ireland's rivers and lakes deemed unsatisfactory

Jul 14th 2021, 7:05 AM 13,524 Views 9 Comments

Many rivers and estuaries in the south and east are under pressure from excess nitrogen from agricultural activities, the EPA said.

# epa - Wednesday 30 June, 2021

Over half of septic tanks failed their 2020 inspection, says EPA
# Septic Tanks
# Septic Tanks

Over half of septic tanks failed their 2020 inspection, says EPA

Jun 30th 2021, 8:09 AM 17,095 Views 25 Comments

Over a fifth were also found to be a risk to human life or the environment.

# epa - Tuesday 22 June, 2021

Poll: Would you pay more taxes to help reduce Ireland's greenhouse gas emissions?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Would you pay more taxes to help reduce Ireland's greenhouse gas emissions?

Jun 22nd 2021, 8:53 AM 37,053 Views 143 Comments

Green house gas targets will not be met but the EPA said there is a chance if we can reduce our emissions by 2%.

Ireland won't meet 2013-2020 EU targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, EPA says
# Targets
# Targets

Ireland won't meet 2013-2020 EU targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, EPA says

Jun 22nd 2021, 6:00 AM 8,184 Views 29 Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency has released its 2020-2040 projections for greenhouse gas emissions.

# epa - Friday 4 June, 2021

Microplastics in Irish waters 'pass up the food chain' into systems of humans and larger animals
# Study
# Study

Microplastics in Irish waters 'pass up the food chain' into systems of humans and larger animals

Jun 4th 2021, 6:09 PM 12,744 Views 13 Comments

The findings were contained in research carried out by scientists at UCC.

# epa - Saturday 15 May, 2021

Opinion: Radon kills thousands in Ireland but the gas is completely preventable
# Radon Aware
# Radon Aware

Opinion: Radon kills thousands in Ireland but the gas is completely preventable

May 15th 2021, 6:30 PM 42,853 Views 23 Comments

EcoEye producer Marcus Stewart explains how some straightforward policy moves can bring deaths from the radioactive gas under control.

# epa - Wednesday 12 May, 2021

Here are the four bathing areas classified as having 'poor' quality water in Ireland
# Beaches
# Beaches

Here are the four bathing areas classified as having 'poor' quality water in Ireland

May 12th 2021, 12:10 AM 66,789 Views 9 Comments

96% of beaches met EU standards last year.

# epa - Monday 3 May, 2021

Transparency gap: State bodies holding back company emissions data from the public
# Cost Of Carbon
# Cost Of Carbon

Transparency gap: State bodies holding back company emissions data from the public

May 3rd 2021, 12:05 AM 18,121 Views 9 Comments
  • Companies are starting to volunteer their emissions data but State bodies slow to reveal all details to public, writes Niall Sargent.
  • While emissions levels are falling in many sectors, Noteworthy analysis shows that sectors such as agriculture and aviation are stagnating or growing.
  • Ireland is doing well on finding energy efficiencies but there is still a mountain to climb.

# epa - Tuesday 13 April, 2021

Drop of 6.4% in industrial emissions last year - but not for dairy and pharma
# Greenhouse Gases
# Greenhouse Gases

Drop of 6.4% in industrial emissions last year - but not for dairy and pharma

Apr 13th 2021, 4:47 PM 6,333 Views 6 Comments

This compares with a decrease of approximately 11-12% across Europe.

# epa - Monday 1 March, 2021

Pollution causes around 725 deaths in Dublin each year, with 144 linked to diesel emissions, study finds
# EPA
# EPA

Pollution causes around 725 deaths in Dublin each year, with 144 linked to diesel emissions, study finds

Mar 1st 2021, 2:23 PM 15,736 Views 75 Comments

The EPA study based its findings on an analysis of the level of particulate matter (PM2.5) found in the capital.

# epa - Friday 29 January, 2021

Covid-19 drives biggest drop in Ireland's greenhouse gas emissions since global financial crisis
# CLIMATE CRISIS
# CLIMATE CRISIS

Covid-19 drives biggest drop in Ireland's greenhouse gas emissions since global financial crisis

Jan 29th 2021, 6:00 AM 12,421 Views 16 Comments

The country’s emissions fell by almost 6% last year.

# epa - Monday 28 December, 2020

Swimming was banned at bathing spots across Ireland for over 350 days this year
# Do Not Swim
# Do Not Swim

Swimming was banned at bathing spots across Ireland for over 350 days this year

Dec 28th 2020, 12:05 AM 21,836 Views 11 Comments

Noteworthy analysis of EPA data shows that “do not swim” notices are an all too common occurrence at beaches across the country.

# epa - Wednesday 25 November, 2020

Waste, greenhouse gases and traffic: The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Ireland's environment
# EPA Report
# EPA Report

Waste, greenhouse gases and traffic: The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Ireland's environment

Nov 25th 2020, 6:20 AM 21,527 Views 13 Comments

Information and statistics on this impact were included in the EPA’s new report on the state of Ireland’s environment.

Irish performance on climate change 'very poor', says major EPA report
# 2020 Environment
# 2020 Environment

Irish performance on climate change 'very poor', says major EPA report

Nov 25th 2020, 12:05 AM 19,220 Views 53 Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency today launched its State of the Environment report.

# epa - Friday 20 November, 2020

Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions decreased by 4.5% in 2019 - the largest reduction since 2011
# EPA
# EPA

Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions decreased by 4.5% in 2019 - the largest reduction since 2011

Nov 20th 2020, 6:00 AM 7,441 Views 6 Comments

But the figures also indicate that Ireland is highly unlikely to meet its overall EU targets by the end of this year.

# epa - Thursday 12 November, 2020

Raw sewage from 35 towns and villages flows into our environment every day
# EPA
# EPA

Raw sewage from 35 towns and villages flows into our environment every day

Nov 12th 2020, 6:15 AM 54,002 Views 45 Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency is sharply critical of Irish Water in its latest report.

# epa - Tuesday 29 September, 2020

Bread is Ireland’s most wasted food with 41% of people admitting they throw it out
# Food Waste
# Food Waste

Bread is Ireland’s most wasted food with 41% of people admitting they throw it out

Sep 29th 2020, 7:10 PM 19,514 Views 38 Comments

We seemed to be less wasteful with food during lockdown.

# epa - Wednesday 16 September, 2020

EPA warns 'single-use and throwaway culture' leading to significant waste levels and decline in recycling
# Rubbish
# Rubbish

EPA warns 'single-use and throwaway culture' leading to significant waste levels and decline in recycling

Sep 16th 2020, 12:47 PM 17,508 Views 43 Comments

Recycling of packaging waste has declined from 70% in 2013 to 64% in 2018.

# epa - Wednesday 22 July, 2020

Over a quarter of waste water systems inspected last year 'posed risk to human health'
# EPA
# EPA

Over a quarter of waste water systems inspected last year 'posed risk to human health'

Jul 22nd 2020, 12:05 AM 14,514 Views 22 Comments

The EPA’s annual report shows that half of all septic tanks (1,160) failed inspection last year.

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