The E.P.A. and Council have the power to carry out audits of existing industrial and commercial premises to see if they are meeting current pollution control standards.
Council as well as the Environmental Protection Authority (E.P.A.) have wide ranging powers under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act, 1997 to prevent and minimise pollution in all forms, including air pollution, water pollution, noise pollution and waste dumping.
The E.P.A. primarily has responsibility for scheduled premises, which are those premises by their nature that require special licensing. These are usually larger industrial operations. The E.P.A. also investigates major chemical spills.
Council also produces a State of the City Report (SOC). This is a legislative requirement of the Local Government Act. Currently baseline (ie comprehensive) reports are produced every 4 years while supplementary reports are to be produced annually between baseline reports. A copy of Council's latest SOC Report is availiable on this web site.