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Dangerous Substances Usage Programme of Measures Study (2008)

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Dangerous Substances Usage Programme of Measures Study (2008)

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The term "dangerous substances" describes a wide range of chemicals that may be toxic to people, plants and animals and are harmful to our water environment. They are contained in many everyday products used increasingly in households (for example medicines and cleaning products), industry, forestry, agriculture, small businesses, mines, construction sites and water treatment works. Surface run-off from roads and urban areas can also contain dangerous substances from motor vehicle emission.

Objectives of Dangerous Substances Programme of Measures and Standards (POMS) study

The key objectives of the Dangerous Substances Usage POMS study are summarised as follows:

  • To establish (via literature review and examination of Irish datasets) the dangerous substances likely to arise in Irish water bodies due to particular human activities.
  • To provide information and/or tools for the ongoing collation of the pressures and sources of dangerous substances in Irish water bodies.
  • To establish a framework for the licensing and control of dangerous substances discharges.
  • To optimise the design of the facility (i.e. point source) and status monitoring programmes to be established in accordance with Article 8 of the WFD.

The focus of the Dangerous Substances usage study was on the manufacturing and processing industry’s use of dangerous substances. Investigations were also carried out on the use of dangerous substances in forestry, agriculture and aquaculture.

Veterinary treatments and other substances used in finfish aquaculture in Ireland Final.pdf  Download  
Dangerous_Substances_Usage_Literature_Review.pdf  Download  
Dangerous_Substances_Summary_Screening_Programme_Final.pdf  Download  
Dangerous_Substances_Screening_programme_Rationale.pdf  Download  
Dangerous_Substances_Screening_Monitoring_Programme_TNO_Appendices_Initial Sites.pdf  Download  
Dangerous_Substances_Screening_Monitoring_Programme_TNO Report_Target Sites.pdf  Download  
Dangerous_Substances_Screening_Monitoring_Programme_TNO Report_Initial Sites.pdf  Download  
Dangerous_Substances_Appendix_to_TNO_Reports.pdf  Download  
Dangerous Substances Usage POMS Final Report.pdf  Download  


Who is involved?

Quite simply, everyone in Ireland has a role to play. This can be from something as simple as making sure you don’t pollute your local stream, or a local community working together to establish a Rivers Trust to enhance the rivers and lakes in their area, to a Government Department or Agency helping a Minister implement a new policy to help protect and enhance all our water bodies.

This website has been developed and is maintained by the Environmental Protection Agency, and is a collaboration between the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Local Authority Waters Programme.


Local Authority Waters Programme

The Local Authority Waters Programme coordinates the efforts of local authorities and other public bodies in the implementation of the River Basin Management Plan, and supports local community and stakeholder involvement in managing our natural waters, for everyone’s benefit.


Environmental Protection Agency

The EPA is responsible for coordinating the monitoring, assessment and reporting on the status of our 4,842 water bodies, looking at trends and changes, determining which waterbodies are at risk and what could be causing this, and drafting environmental objectives for each.


Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage

The Department is responsible for making sure that the right policies, regulations and resources are in place to implement the Water Framework Directive, and developing a River Basin Management Plan and Programme of Measures to protect and restore our waters.