These Regulations provide for the incorporation into Irish law, in respect of relevant development other than motorways, of Directive 85/337/EEC on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment.
The Regulations modify the provisions of the Local Government (Planning and Development) Acts, 1963 to 1983 so as to provide a framework for the application of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) to the planning control procedures under those Acts, and for the application of EIA to relevant development by local authorities. They also modify development consent procedures under 9 other enactments in light of the Directive's requirements, and they establish an EIA procedure for relevant development by State authorities. The Regulations specify, in the First and Second Schedules respectively, the development for which EIA will be required and the information which must be furnished in an environmental impact statement prepared in connection with proposed development.
European Communities (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations, 1989 (S.I. 349 of 1989)