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EPA invites proposals for environmental research projects

The Ireland-based Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been asked to develop and manage a programme of environmental research on behalf of the Department of the Environment and Local Government. The EPA now invites proposals for the following environmental research projec...

The Ireland-based Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been asked to develop and manage a programme of environmental research on behalf of the Department of the Environment and Local Government. The EPA now invites proposals for the following environmental research projects: These will include large-scale integrated projects on: - environmentally sustainable conversion options for large volume organic wastes; - eutrophication from agriculture sources (phosphorus and nitrogen); - forestry-environment impacts addressing water quality and biodiversity; - priority environmental research to meet the needs of the National Spatial Strategy; - greenhouse gas emissions and climate change; - air quality - transport impacts and monitoring networks. And medium sized projects on: - effects of weight based charges for solid waste disposal; - endocrine disrupting substances in the Irish aquatic environment; - chlorophyll a determination; - relationship between biological quality index and fish stocks in rivers; - impacts of nutrients on the zebra mussels population in Lough Key; - outlets for compost from municipal waste; - characterisation of non-household municipal waste in Ireland; - outlets for materials recovered from municipal waste; - odour controls in the rendering industry; - environmental benchmarking for IPC industries; - environmental management in the extractive industry; - methodology for assessment of hazardous waste disposal sites; - impact assessment of highway drainage on the aquatic environment; - environmental quality objectives for noise; - wastewater treatment efficiency of subsoils and stratified sand filters. The following fellowships and bursaries are also available: - monitoring methodologies for ecological assessment of lakes; - reference conditions and eutrophication impacts in Irish rivers: meeting the requirements of the - - proposed EU Water Framework Directive. The following desk studies are also required: - environmental impacts and parameters for inclusion in the economic evaluation of roads; - inventory for dioxins and furans; - procedure for the identification of the hazardous components of waste; - scope of transport impacts on the environment; - preparation for the proposed EU Water Framework Directive. Contracts will be awarded for research work as described in the project specifications and scoping documents. Those interested in any of the above mentioned projects should write, fax or e-mail the contact name given below requesting the project specification and other relevant documentation. Written requests for documentation concerning the above should be sent (post, fax or e-mail) to the following address: Claire Fahy Environmental Protection Agency Regional Inspectorate St. Martin's House Waterloo Road Dublin 4 Ireland Fax +353-1-6605848 E-mail: envRTDI@epa.ie