Title: Code of Practice: Environmental Risk Assessment for Unregulated Waste Disposal Sites (April 2007) 
Resource Type: document --> guidance / decision support 
Country: Ireland 
Year: 2007 
Availability: 04/07/500 
Author 1/Producer: Ireland Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 
Author / Producer Type: Agency, regulator or other governmental or inter-governmental body 
Publisher: EPA 
Publisher City: Ireland 
ISBN: 1-84095-226-1 
Report / download web link (=direct link): http://www.epa.ie/OfficeofEnvironmentalEnforcement/PublicAut ...  
Format (e.g. PDF): PDF 
Size: (e.g. 20mb) 5 
EUGRIS Keyword(s): Contaminated land-->Contaminants-->Others
Contaminated land-->Remediation options-->Remediation options overview
Contaminated land-->Risk assessment-->Risk assessment overview
Contaminated land-->Risk assessment-->Sources
Contaminated land-->Risk assessment-->Tools and procedures
Contaminated land-->Site investigation-->Site investigation overview
Short description: Ministerial Direction (WIR 04/05) was issued on the 3rd May 2005 under Section 60 of the Waste Management Acts 1996 to 2005. It reminds local authorities of their obligations, under Section 22 of the Waste Management Act, 1996 to 2005 and it refers to an inventory and risk assessment of all non-licensed closed landfills (i.e. historic unregulated waste disposal sites). The Code of Practice prepared by the Agency, at the request of the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government and in response to the Ministerial Policy Direction, sets out a risk based assessment procedure that allows all historic unregulated waste disposal sites to be identified; the potential risks to be assessed and then the appropriate remedial measures or corrective actions to be put in place. The Code of Practice has been produced to ensure a consistent approach to environmental risk assessment by local authorities when assessing the environmental impact and remediation options for historic unregulated waste disposal sites. It also provides guidance on how to deal with illegal landfills that have come into being since the introduction of the waste licensing regime. The Code of Practice represents a significant part of Ireland’s response to the European Court of Justice judgement against Ireland (case C-494/01) and, with regulations expected from the Department this year regarding “old” waste sites, will allow Ireland to meet the obligation to regulate waste activity from 1977 onwards as set out in the Waste Framework Directive (75/442/EEC amended by 91/156/EEC). 
Submitted By: Professor Paul Bardos WhoDoesWhat?      Last update: 15/04/2007

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