EMFG / NIEA – Public Participation during Covid-19

Public Participation

The restrictions introduced in response to COVID-19 have impacted on the ability of DAERA’s Environment Marine and Fisheries Group (EMFG) and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) to engage with stakeholders and provide access to information as we would have done before the pandemic. Therefore, to ensure we can still deliver this service, and ensure both yours, and our safety, and in line with current guidance publicised by the NI Executive, alternative electronic methods will be used to facilitate public participation. For example- online public registers and webinars will replace face to face stakeholder events, and viewing of paper files in the office.

How do I view information held by EMFG/NIEA?

If you would like to view information you think is held by NIEA in a public register, please contact the relevant team on the telephone number or e-mail address given below. Every effort will made to facilitate your request, taking account of the current Covid-19 restrictions set out by the NI Executive.

Key contact details:




Marine Licence

02890 569247


Marine and Fisheries Division

02890 569262


Pollution Prevention and Control Permit;

Control of Major Accidents and Hazards (COMAH);

Radioactive Substances Control (RSA)

02890 569299 /

02890 569289

IPRI@daera-ni.gov.uk or

go to web for PPC public register:


for COMAH Public Information;


Waste Licence

02890 569358


Waste Permit

02892 630271


Water Abstraction Licence

02892 623155


Water Discharge Consent

02892 623155


If my application requires advertisement in a local newspaper, how will this be advertised if my local newspaper isn’t in print due to Covid-19 restrictions?

We will check first to see if the local newspaper has recommenced printing. If this is not the case, applications will be advertised on the DAERA website.

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