Established with the law no. 6 of 03 May 2001, the Regional Agency for the Protection of the Environment, a functional body of the Sicilian Region with juridical personality and technical, managerial and administrative autonomy, offers control, information, research and consultancy services to both public organizations and private firms through a network of laboratories and offices in each Sicilian province.
ARPA’s activities concern the control of the environment quality in all its aspects, along with its protection and rescue in the perspective of sustainable development. These actions are carried out through environmental services, controls and monitoring which make it possible to acquire, develop and provide information on the environment. In this perspective, ARPA Sicilia meets institutional and especially social requirements, by expressing and fulfilling the common need to protect the environment, considered both as a natural resource and an element for the preservation of human health.
In order to achieve these primary aims, the Agency carries out environmental monitoring through the observation of physical, geological, chemical and biological factors; it performs laboratory environmental survey analysis and investigations for the community health prevention; it supervises the observance of the current regulations and the directions contained in the authorizing sanctions provided by the relevant authorities in the environmental field; finally, it deals with the creation and exchange of knowledge, by carrying out information campaigns aimed at spreading new realities and, most importantly, a new environmental awareness and culture throughout the region.