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Oil spill as tanker crashes into a jetty releasing 220 tonnes of oil into the harbour

The oil spill clean up aided by rescue workers and volunteers have being overwhelmed by the number of contaminated birds including swans, geese, cormorants and gulls affected by the Oil Spill

Video of the Oil Spill Cleanup Effort
Read the full news release here by the BBC News
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-44602023

New low-cost and versatile air filtration method for separating micron-sized particles to reduce the impact of air pollution

This novel technology has a wide range of applications across multiple industries, such as stem cell and blood research, the lowering of industrial emissions, and food and drink processing. Indoor air purification filters taking advantage of this air filtration method are our first products to market. This new technology will tackle the air quality and micro-particulate problem that is so critical that the European Commission adopted an important directive in 2013, the Clean Air Policy Package, highlighting the enormous impact poor air quality has in Europe.

One of the leading causes of poor air quality in many cities is emissions of micro-particulates from industry and car exhausts. Micro-particulates are defined as PM10 (particulate matter with 10µm or less in diameter) and PM2.5 (2.5µm or less in diameter) both of which have been deemed a grave hazard to our health.

Click on link below to read more on this
https://www.governmenteuropa.eu/air-filtration-method-pollution/88154/

Ireland will only achieve a 1% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 compared to a target of 20%

Summary of the latests press release by the EPA of Greenhouse Gas levels
• Greenhouse gas emissions are projected to increase from most sectors, given strong economic growth and an expansion of the agriculture sector
• These figures show that, at best, Ireland will only achieve a 1% reduction by 2020 compared to a target of 20%
• Fossil fuels such as coal and peat are expected to continue to be significant contributors to emissions from power generation
• Agriculture emissions are projected to increase with an expansion of animal numbers, particularly for the dairy herd
• Further growth in emissions from the transport sector is projected in line with a growth in fuel consumption in diesel cars and freight up to 2025

Click on link below to read the full news release by the EPA
http://www.epa.ie/newsandevents/news/name,64049,en.html

New Air Pollution monitor installed in Cork City

The new monitoring facility will monitor three key air pollutants of Nitrogen Dioxide, Ozone and the harmful particles such as PM2.5. The continuous information and real-time measurements the will feed into the National Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Programme run by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Click on link below to read the full article by the Irish Examiner
https://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/cork-air-pollution-monitor-to-take-most-detailed-measurements-yet-471215.html

Other useful links
http://www.epa.ie/pubs/consultation/files/airqualconsultationoct2016.html
http://www.epa.ie/air/quality/

Heavy Metals from Industrial Facilities reducing from 2010 to 2016 according to European Environment Agency (EEA) report

EEA have released data from the European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (E-PRTR) findings that heavy metals of arsenic, cadmium, chromium, copper, lead, mercury, nickel and zinc have decreased by 39% in air and 34% in water from 2010 to 2016. Heavy metals harmful effects include disrupting nutrient cycles in plants and interfering with the development and reproduction disorders in animals and humans

Click on link below for full report of findings
https://www.eea.europa.eu/highlights/environmental-pressures-from-industrys-heavy/

HSA Safety Alert of Toxic effect of Wood Pellets

Carbon Monoxide will be present wherever Wood Pellets are transported & stored

Click on link below for relevant Information
https://www.hsa.ie/eng/Safety_Alerts/2018/Wood_Pellets_Toxic_Carbon_Monoxide_Poisoning/

Latest Report On The Bathing Water Quality In Ireland 2017

Concerns raised by the EPA of the water quality in seven Irish beaches

Click on link below for relevant documentation
https://www.epa.ie/pubs/reports/water/bathing/

Draft Guidance Note on Soil Recovery Waste Acceptance Criteria (Dec 2017)

The EPA has prepared a draft guidance document for consultation for licensed Soil Recovery facilities which addresses their licence requirement for Waste Acceptance Criteria (WAC)

Click on link below for relevant documentation
https://www.epa.ie/pubs/consultation/soilrecoveryconsultation/

New EPA Guidelines on information to be contained in Environmental Impact Assessment Report (July 2017)

The EPA has recently published new Guidelines on information to be contained in EIA reports - see attached link below:

Click on link below for relevant documentation
http://epa.ie/pubs/advice/licensee/eiarguidelines.html

Guidance on protecting health and the environment from domestic heating

The link below is a relevant source of information for manage a Domestic Oil from a local authority in UK.
https://www.rochford.gov.uk/sites/default/files/guidance_protecting_health_environment_domestic_heating_oil_spills.pdf