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06 May 2010

MEPs agree tighter rules on industrial pollution

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The European Parliament's environment committee was voting on a proposal to recast the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) Directive, which combines seven existing directives into a single directive on industrial emissions (IED)

The proposal seeks to reinforce the implementation of the legislation, which obliges industrial installations to obtain permits from national authorities to release pollutants into the air, soil and water.

MEPs strengthened the proposal by limiting the instances where public authorities can issue permits for installations that do not follow best available techniques (BATs).

The committee added new text to clarify the conditions under which national authorities can set limits on emissions that are not as strict as those associated with BATs. It states that derogations are not allowed "where environmental quality standards risk not being met and shall in any case ensure that any deviation does not result in significant impacts on the local environment".


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