The EPA has issued guidance on the licensing of emissions to groundwater. This comes on foot of the requirements of the European Communities Environmental Objectives (Groundwater) Regulations, 2010 (S.I. No. 9 of 2010) (Groundwater Regulations). Prior to these Regulations the applicable instrument was usually a Section 4 licence under the Local Government (Water Pollution) Acts 1977-1990. However the approach to the licensing of discharges to ground has been extremely inconsistent.
The guidance is titled ‘Guidance on the Authorisation of Discharges to Groundwater’ and is intended for EPA and Local Authority personnel who may be involved in authorising discharges. However it will also be particularly useful for those intending to seek discharge authorisations.