Environmental Protection Agency Act, 1992

Environmental protection, environmental pollution and environmental medium.

4.—(1) In this Act “environmental protection” includes—

(a) the prevention, limitation, elimination, abatement or reduction of environmental pollution, and

(b) the preservation of the quality of the environment.

(2) In this Act “environmental pollution” means—

(a) “air pollution” for the purposes of the Air Pollution Act, 1987 ,

(b) the condition of waters after the entry of polluting matter within the meaning of the Local Government (Water Pollution) Act, 1977 ,

(c) the disposal of waste in a manner which would endanger human health or harm the environment and, in particular—

(i) create a risk to waters, the atmosphere, land, soil, plants or animals,

(ii) cause a nuisance through noise or odours, or

(iii) adversely affect the countryside or places of special interest,


(d) noise which is a nuisance, or would endanger human health or damage property or harm the environment.

(3) In this Act—

“environmental medium” includes the atmosphere, land, soil and waters;

“waters” has the meaning assigned to it by the Local Government (Water Pollution) Act, 1977 .