Data Center Description
The Ireland EPA has been given a wide range of functions to protect our environment. One of the principle reasons for establishing the EPA was to License and Control large-scale activities having the potential to cause significant environmental pollution.
A major job we have to do is to determine the quality of our environment including air, water and soil. Water quality in rivers, lakes, coastal and estuarine areas and ground waters must be monitored. Air quality is an important issue particularly in urban areas. Noise is a growing problem.
The EPA must prepare national Environmental Monitoring programs for air, surface waters and ground waters, estuarine and coastal waters. These programs outline what monitoring needs to be done and who should do it.
It is the job of the Agency to bring all monitoring results together and to report on the quality of the environment including trends and problems. This is done by periodic reports on specific aspects, e.g. river, air or water quality, or by a major report such as the overall State of the Environment, which will be published every few years.
The EPA has modern laboratories in each of its five regions. These are used to monitor licensed activities to ensure they are complying with license conditions as well as checking on general environmental quality.
In addition to monitoring the quality of water we carry out a National Hydrometric Program for the collection of information on the levels, volumes and flows of water in rivers, lakes and ground waters in the State.