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ACCC/C/2016/139 Ireland

Case status: Pending.
Topics: Access to environmental information; Public participation.
Articles alleged: 5 (1), 5 (2); 6 (2) (a).
Articles considered by the Committee:
Articles, if any, found in non-compliance:
Summary: The communication was submitted to the Compliance Committee on 12 May 2016 by an NGO, the Irish Underwater Council. The communication alleged non-compliance with articles 5 (1), (2) and 6 (2) (a) of the Convention concerning dumping at sea permits.

Documents Status Date received or 
posted by the secretariat
Annex 1 - DAS Permit S0004-01 Application form
Annex 2 - DPC Newspaper notice
Annex 3 - DAS Permit S0004-01
Annex 4 - Dumping at Sea Act 1996
Annex 5 - AER for S0004-01 for 2012
From the communicant 12.05.2016
Statement on preliminary admissibility at the Committee's 53 rd meeting
Annex: Inspectors report on a permit application
From the Party concerned 21.06.2016
Letter enclosing Committee's questions regarding preliminary admissibility From the secretariat 24.08.2016
Covering letter enclosing
Reply to the Committee's questions

Annex 1 - DAS Permits
Annex 2 - Public Notice
Annex 3 - DAS S0009
Annex 4 - Case C-226-08 Stadt Papenburg v Bundesrepublik Deutschland
Annex 5 - Correspondence with EPA
Annex 6 - Correspondence with Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government
Annex 7 - EPA formal letter of complaint
Annex 8 - Response to IUC
Annex 9 - DAS permit S0021-01
Annex 10 - Analytical Report
Annex 11- DAS Permit S0004-01
From the communicant 05.09.2016
Cover letter
Annex 1: S.50B of the Irish Planning and Development Act 2000
Annex 2: Environment and Miscellaneous Provisions Act 2011 Ireland
Annex 3: Briefing note on Access to Justice issues in Ireland
From observer (Environmental Pillar) 13.09.2016
Letter to the Party concerned enclosing Committee's determination of preliminary admissibility and forwarding communication for the Party concerned's response From the secretariat 06.12.2016
Response to the communication
Annex 1: Appendix C - Letter from the Party concerned in the context of communication ACCC/C/2014/113, dated 10.06.2016
Annex 2: Appendix C - Party concerned's reply to questions of the Committee sent in the context of communication ACCC/C/2014/113, dated 10.06.2016
Annex 3: Appendix C - Party concerned's response to communication ACCC/C/2013/107, dated 18.11.2016
From the Party concerned 05.05.2017
Questions from the Committee to the communicant From the secretariat 12.03.2018
Request for an extension to reply to the Committee's questions From the communicant 28.03.2018
Decision from the Chair of the Committee to grant an extension From the secretariat 29.03.2018
Reply to questions From the communicant 19.04.2018
Statement concerning the Committee's questions From observer (Environmental Pillar) 19.04.2018
Request to the communicant for clarification From the secretariat 04.11.2018
Reply to request for clarification
Annex 1: DAPs issued since 18 September 2012
Annex 2: Dumping at Sea Act 1996, consolidated to 22 July 2016
Annex 3: Environment and Miscellaneous Provisions Act 2011, consolidated to 19 July 2018
From the communicant 07.12.2018
Request for an extension to comment on the communicant's clarification From the Party concerned 07.01.2019
Chair's consent to extension of deadline to Party to comment on communicant's clarification From the secretariat 08.01.2018
Comments on the communicant’s clarification of 7 December 2018 and reply to questions of 19 April 2018
Annex 1: EPA List of DAS permits issued after 18 September 2012
Annex 2: EPA Guidance on Requests for Alterations to a Dumping at Sea Permit
Annex 3: Summary of DAS Amendments made since 18 September 2012
From the Party concerned 11.02.2019
Letter to parties seeking their views on whether a hearing is needed From the secretariat 29.09.2020
Reply as to need for a hearing From the Party concerned 13.10.2020
Reply as to need for a hearing From the communicant 20.10.2020
Letter enclosing questions from the Committee to Party concerned and communicant From the secretariat 26.03.2021
Letter enclosing reply to Committee’s questions From the Party concerned  16.04.2021
Reply to Committee’s questions
Annex 1a: Register from EPA website
Annex 1b: Dumping at Sea register
Annex 2: Dumping at Sea permit dates
Annex 3: Notices
Annex 4: Letter from Dublin Port Company, 11.03.2021
Annex 5: Request of access to information on the environment, 19.05.2021
From the communicant 20.05.2021 
Update From the communicant 23.06.2021
Additional information
Annex 1: Review of notices
Annex 2: AIE request of 19 May 2021 from Diving Ireland
Annex 2.1: Letter of Dublin City Council to EPA 30.05.2019
Annex 2.2: Letter of Dublin City Council to EPA 30.05.2019
From the communicant 13.12.2021 (dated 19.10.2021)
Letter enclosing comments on the communicant's replies to the Committee's questions 
Annex A: Comments/ links to AERs on the EPA website
Annex B: Overview of documents
Annex B.1: Derogation letter July 2013
Annex B.2: Site inspection report
Annex B.3: 2016 09 08 EPA to Donegal
Annex B.4: S0011-02 – Non compliance
Annex B.5: EPA Response on time extension 21.10.2013
Annex B.6: Licensee Return Notice S0015-02
Annex B.7: EPA to HSL on commencement 15.01.2019
Annex C: Review of notices
From the Party concerned 04.03.2022
Comments on Party concerned’s letter of 04.03.2022
Annex 1: Port of Cork request for revision of permit no. 20021-02
Annex 2: EPA’s approval to revision request
Annex 3: Details on permit no. S0011-03
Annex 4: Annual Environmental Reports page - permit no. S0029-01
Annex 5: Annual Environmental Reports page - permit no. S0030-01
Annex 6: Enforcement documents page - permit no. S0030-01
Annex 7: EPA’s reply to information request, 12.04.2022
From the communicant

(dated 25.04.2022)

Cover letter enclosing comments on the communicant’s letter dated 25.04.2022 From the Party concerned 02.06.2022
Comments on Party concerned’s letter dated 02.06.2022 From the communicant 22.07.2022