The Environmental Protection Agency has launched the first phase of a new online service, which will allow the public to view the enforcement activities, actions and communications between the EPA and holders of EPA licences and permits.
"As Ireland's environmental regulator, we recognise the importance of keeping the public informed about the activities we regulate, and enabling people to participate in environmental decision-making," said Darragh Page, EPA Programme Manager.
"The launch of LEAP Online will give the public even more access to detailed, timely information on how major industry, waste management, users of radiological materials, drinking water and sanitary services comply with their regulatory requirements. This in turn will contribute to promoting informed public discussion about achieving sustainable development into the future, while protecting Ireland’s environment and the health of our citizens."
The release of LEAP Online is part of the EPA's ongoing work to continuously improve public access to the information it holds. Over the years, the EPA has progressively delivered improved access to information about its licensing and enforcement activities.
Today’s launch of Phase 1 will provide access to EPA site inspection and monitoring reports as well as "Licensee Returns" submitted by operators. These are the main types of notifications that operators must send to demonstrate ongoing compliance with licence conditions, and include monitoring reports, site updates, requests for approval and responses to EPA instructions and Corrective Actions.
It also includes Licensee Public Responses to EPA Site Visit Reports – the operators’ Right to Reply to EPA findings, and the Annual Environmental Report which summarises the operators’ compliance each year.
This is scheduled for later in 2023, and will include information on the rest of our regulatory correspondence, including details of incidents, complaints summaries, non-compliances and details of Compliance Investigations.