One of the main functions of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been the licensing and control of specified activities that are listed in:
Under these acts, the Agency has to date granted waste licences and IPPC licences respectively.
- the Third and Fourth Schedules to the Waste Management Act 1996 as amended, and
- the First Schedule to the Environmental Protection Agency Act 1992 as amended
The Industrial Emissions Directive (2010/75/EU), as it has been transposed into Irish legislation, has changed the previous situation and has introduced a third class of licence that can be granted by the Agency, the Industrial Emissions Licence. The European Union (Industrial Emissions) Regulations have amended the First Schedule of the EPA Acts to state which activities are licensable in accordance with Annex I of the Industrial Emissions Directive and will require an Industrial Emissions Licence.
McCarthy Keville O’Sullivan Limited has extensive experience in the IE licence and waste licence application process including determining the need for a licence, pre-application consultations with the EPA and submission.
Upcoming IED dates of significance for existing activities which may require IE licence are:
- 7 July 2015 - IED applies to existing installations not subject to the current IPPC Directive (2008/1/EC)
- 1 January 2016 – Existing large combustion plants do not become subject to the requirements of Chapter III of the IED until this date.