Dumping at Sea
The Foreshore and Dumping at Sea (Amendment) Act 2009 amends the Dumping at Sea Act 1996 as amended so that certain functions relating to dumping at sea are transferred from the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
From 15th February 2010 it is the function of the EPA to issue Dumping at Sea permits under the Dumping at Sea Act 1996 as amended.
The Dumping at Sea Act 1996 as amended, prohibits the dumping at sea from vessels, aircraft or offshore installation of a substance or material unless permitted by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Any person who wishes to dispose of material at sea is required to apply for a Dumping at Sea permit. The Foreshore and Dumping at Sea (Amendment) Act 2009 empowers the Agency to decide on an application for a permit to dispose of material at sea.
A Dumping at Sea Permit application is submitted to the EPA by a port company, harbour authority, local authority or other public body, or by a private company. The polygon coordinates for the dumping site(s), as well as attributes such as EPA Permit Reg. No., quantity of material permitted to be dumped, method of dumping etc. are taken from the final permit issued by the EPA.