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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY ACT 1992

SEPTEMBER 2013

(UNOFFICIAL CONSOLIDATION)

Environmental Protection Agency Act 1992

Updated to September 2013

Unofficial consolidation

How to Use this Document (Version 4:2013)

This document consolidates all amendments to the Environmental Protection Agency Act 1992 up to September 2013. Former amendments to the EPA Act 1992 by the Waste Management Act 1996 are indicated as well as relevant regulations. Where provisions of the EPA Act 1992 have been amended or replaced by provisions of the Protection of the Environment Act 2003, the original text in the EPA Act has been deleted and the replacement text is provided in this document. Text is colour-coded as follows:



  • Black = EPA Act 1992

  • Blue = amendments by the PoE Act 2003

  • Burgundy = regulations

  • Green = amendments by the Waste Management Act 1996

  • Red = indicates new legislative powers under PoE Act 2003

  • Pink = amendments by the Water Services Act 2007

  • Brown = amendments under Planning & Development (Amendment) Act 2010

  • Orange = amendment by the Environment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2011

  • Turquoise= amendment by EPA Act 1992 (First Schedule) (Amendment) Regulations 2011

  • Lime green = amendment by European Communities (Waste Directive) Regulations 2011

  • Bright green = amendments by the European Union (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control) Regulations 2012

  • Olive green = amendments by the European Union (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control) (No. 2) Regulations 2012

  • Purple = amendments by the European Union (Industrial Emissions) Regulations 2013 (S.I. No. 138 of 2013)

Consolidation of PoE Act 2003 and other legislation.

This document contains amendments and substitutions to the EPA Act 1992 only. Consolidation of the PoE Act 2003 with the Air Pollution Act 1987, Waste Management Act 1996, Litter Pollution Act 1997 and Planning and Development Act 2000 may be provided in a future document.



Disclaimer and Waiver of Liability

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the material contained in this document, the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government and its staff assume no responsibility for and give no guarantees, undertakings or warranties concerning the accuracy, completeness or up to date nature of the information provided herein and do not accept any liability whatsoever arising from any errors or omissions.

Users are warned that the consolidation of legislation in this document does not indicate that any particular provision in a statute or statutory instrument was, or is currently, in force. This document is not legal advice nor a substitute for legislation and should not be used for that purpose. Users should consult the original legislation before making reference to any provisions therein.

Contact Details

Any enquiries or comments on this document are welcome and should be addressed to Environment Policy and Awareness Section, Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, Newtown Road, Wexford or by email to environmentpolicy@environ.ie.


Environmental Protection Agency Act 1992




PART I: PRELIMINARY & GENERAL

  1. Short title.



Amended by PoE, S1

Commenced by 22/10/03

  1. Commencement.



PoE Act 2003, S2



PoE Act 2003, S3


[Repeals and Revocations]
PoE Act 2003, S4 [Definitions]







  1. Interpretation.



  • Definition of ‘EIS’ inserted by EIA Amendment Regs 1994 , Part 1, Article 12 (S.I. 84/1994) and amended by European Union (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control) Regulations 2012



  • Definition of’ emission’ amended by WMA 1996, S65(1)(a)



  • Definition of ‘waste management plan’ amended by WMA 1996, S68(2)



  • Definitions of ‘BAT conclusions’, BAT reference document’, ‘emerging technique’, ‘emission levels associated with the best available techniques’, ‘groundwater’, ‘hazardous substances’, ‘hazardous waste’, ‘industrial emissions directive activity’, ‘Industrial Emissions Directive’, ‘integrated pollution control’ and ‘waste’ inserted by the European Union (Industrial Emissions) Regulations 2013 (S.I. No. 138 of 2013).


3A. Community Act given effect to by certain amendments of this Act

3B. Power to amend First Schedule in certain circumstances



3C. Industrial Emissions Directive

Section substituted by PoE, S5

Section 3A inserted by PoE, S5 and amended by Regulation 5 of the European Union (Industrial Emissions) Regulations 2013 (S.I. No. 138 of 2013)
Section 3B inserted by PoE, S5
Section 3C inserted by Regulation 6 of the European Union (Industrial Emissions) Regulations 2013 (S.I. No. 138 of 2013)


  1. Environmental protection, environmental pollution and environmental medium.




Substituted by PoE, S6
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