Environmental Protection Agency Act 1992
F74[Performance of statutory functions by local authorities.
63.—(1) The Agency may request a local authority to furnish, within a specified period, to it information in relation to the performance by the authority, either generally or in a specific case, of a statutory function of that authority in relation to environmental protection and the authority shall comply with such a request.
(2) The Agency may, having notified the local authority of its intention to do so, carry out an assessment of the performance by a local authority, either generally or in a specific case, of a statutory function of that authority in relation to environmental protection; for that purpose the authority shall comply with any request for the furnishing to the Agency of information, records or reports or the results of any monitoring by the authority, or, in connection with the foregoing, the affording to the Agency of access to any premises occupied by the authority, made by the Agency during the course of such assessment.
(3) Having exercised its powers under subsection (1) or (2), and having considered any information furnished to, or otherwise coming into the possession of, it in consequence of that exercise, the Agency may, with a view to ensuring the satisfactory performance by the local authority concerned of the function in question, do all or any of the following—
(a) issue such advice and recommendations to the authority as it considers necessary,
(b) provide, on such terms and conditions as may be agreed, such assistance, support or guidance as the Agency considers, in consultation with the authority, would be helpful,
(c) without prejudice to any of its powers under this Act or any other enactment, issue to the authority the terms of a direction ("the proposed direction") it proposes to issue, under subsection (5), to the authority requiring it to carry out, cause to be carried out, or arrange for, within a specified period, such action related to the function in question as the Agency considers necessary for the purposes of environmental protection.
(4) The proposed direction shall specify a period within which the local authority may make observations to the Agency in relation to the proposal to make the direction (and the authority may make such observations within that period accordingly).
(5) After the expiration of the period referred to in subsection (4) and consideration of any observations made by the local authority under that subsection, the Agency may confirm, with or without modification, or decide not to confirm its proposal to make the direction concerned, and, in a case where the proposal is confirmed, the Agency shall issue to the authority the direction concerned accordingly and the authority shall comply with the direction within the period specified therein.
(6) Notwithstanding anything in this section, where the Agency is of the opinion that the failure of a local authority to perform in a satisfactory manner a statutory function of the authority in relation to environmental protection is resulting in significant environmental pollution, or in a real and imminent risk of such pollution, the Agency may direct the authority to carry out, cause to be carried out, or arrange for, within a specified period, such action related to the function in question as the Agency considers necessary for the purposes of preventing, limiting, eliminating, abating or reducing such pollution, and the authority shall comply with such a direction.
(7) Where a local authority fails to comply with a direction issued under subsection (5) or (6), the Agency may carry out, cause to be carried out, or arrange for, such action related to the function in question as it considers necessary to ensure compliance with the direction and the costs of such action may be recovered by the Agency from the authority as a simple contract debt in any court of competent jurisdiction.
(8) A local authority shall be guilty of an offence if it—
(a) fails to comply with a request under subsection (1) or (2), or
(b) fails to comply with a direction under subsection (5) or (6).
(9) The Minister may, with the consent of such other (if any) Minister of the Government as the Minister considers appropriate having regard to the functions of that other Minister, make regulations enabling the Agency to exercise, in relation to a public authority (other than a local authority within the meaning of this section) that, in the opinion of the Minister, performs a statutory function in relation to environmental protection, the powers conferred on the Agency by this section in relation to a local authority.
(10) Nothing in this section shall be construed as enabling the Agency to exercise any power or control under this section in relation to the making of a decision on an application for a permission under section 34 of the Act of 2000.
(11) In this section, "local authority" has the meaning assigned to it by the Local Government Act 2001.]
Substituted (22.10.2003) by Protection of the Environment Act 2003 (27/2003), s. 13, S.I. No. 498 of 2003.
Modifications (not altering text):
Application of section extended (8.12.2008) by Waste Management (Certification of Historic Unlicenced Waste Disposal and Recovery Activity) Regulations 2008 (S.I. No. 524 of 2008), reg. 9(3).
Powers of the Environmental Protection Agency
(3) Where the Agency is of opinion that a local authority has failed to perform any function of that authority provided for by these Regulations or has performed that function in an unsatisfactory manner, the provisions of section 63 of the Environmental Protection Agency Act, 1992 (No. 7 of 1992), as amended by section 13 of the Protection of the Environment Act 2003 (No. 27 of 2003) shall apply mutatis mutandis as if the reference therein to a statutory function of a local authority included a reference to functions conferred on local authorities pursuant to these Regulations.
Application of section extended (7.12.2005) by European Communities (Waste Water Treatment) (Prevention of Odours and Noise) Regulations 2005 (S.I. No. 787 of 2005), reg. 4.
4. For the purpose of Article 3(b) of these Regulations, the Agency shall be required to ensure compliance of waste water treatment plants with the requirements of the said Article 3(b), and the provisions of section 63 of the Environmental Protection Agency Act 1992 (No. 7 of 1992) shall apply accordingly.
Application of powers under extended (22.12.2003) by European Communities (Water Policy) Regulations 2003 (S.I. No. 722 of 2003), reg. 20.
Supervision of public authorities by EPA
20. The powers conferred on the EPA by section 63 of the Act of 1992 in relation to local authorities shall be exercisable by the EPA in relation to any public authority (other than a Minister of the Government) to which a duty is assigned by a monitoring programme prepared in accordance with article 10 or by a programme of measures prepared in accordance with article 12.