Other Agencies with Responsibility for Asbestos
Office of Public Works
The Office of Public Works coordinates the management of asbestos in State properties generally, excluding schools. Queries relating to asbestos in State properties can be directed to Health & Safety Services at OPW HQ in Trim, Co. Meath. Queries relating to asbestos in schools can be directed to Schools' Boards of Management or to Department of Education & Skills in Tullamore, Co. Offaly. See www.education.ie for further information.
Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) deals with the licensing of storage of hazardous waste, including asbestos. Any company or local authority that stores asbestos waste must be licensed.
Asbestos waste is hazardous and must be disposed of properly. Before any demolition work, identify which waste facility is licensed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for disposal of asbestos waste. Hazardous waste transfer stations can accept asbestos waste and then arrange to have it disposed of at an appropriate facility here or abroad.
National Waste Collection Permit Office
The role of the National Waste Collection Permit Office is to accept and process all new and review Waste Collection Permit applications for all Waste Management Regions in the Republic of Ireland. They maintain a register of Permits. Any hauliers or contractors or waste collector used to transport asbestos waste must have a valid waste collection permit for asbestos waste.
Note: The provisions of ADR may also apply to the carriage /transport of asbestos containing material. See Carriage of Asbestos Containing Material (ACM's) by Road
National TFS Office
From 12 July 2007, the National TFS (Transfrontier Shipment) Office in Dublin City Council is designated as the National Competent Authority for the export, import and transit of waste shipments. All transfrontier shipments of waste originating in any local authority area in the State that are subject to the prior written notification procedures must be notified to and through Dublin City Council at the National TFS Office via an electronic Waste Transfer Form.
Local Authorities are responsible for investigating any incidents of air and water pollution in their areas, for example, the incorrect disposal of asbestos and can prosecute any infringements of the Air Pollution Act, 1987 and the Local Government (Water Pollution) Act, 1977.
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