Ireland and the EU engage in process of continual change to the legislation governing the environment. People should at all times make themselves aware of the very wide range of Irish and EU legislation and Environmental Law in force at any time concerning the environment and affecting the daily lives and operation of business in Ireland.
Much of EU legislation to protect the environment is quite technical, in that it sets out detailed technical and scientific standards. It is also usual for the legislation to require member states to provide information to the European Commission about how they are implementing the rules and about how effective they have been.
A sample of areas affected by laws and regulations are:
- Nature and biodiversity
- Integrated pollution control
- Waste management
- Air pollution
- Water pollution
- Noise pollution
- Environmental impact assessment
- Genetically modified organisms
In addition, there are a number of international conventions on environmental protection. In general, these are ratified by the EU and then implemented through EU legislation. Breach of the regulations can result in criminal prosecution of any private business.
These laws are effective against State Agencies in the conduct of their day to day business and in the completion of major construction projects as well as to private businesses which must follow strict regulation specifically in the area of waste disposal and management. This area impacts on all areas of Irish life and it is important that companies and individuals are advised in relation to their obligations under both domestic and international legislation.
We advise in the area of Environmental Law, requests for information, protection of rights and interests of private individuals and business and other matters concerning environmental law and practice in Ireland.
We act for clients in a number of high profile criminal and civil litigation cases involving the Environmental Protection Agency the (EPA) and various County Councils.