IPPC proposal raises concern about level playing-field

The long-awaited draft EC Directive on integrated pollution prevention and control (IPPC) has finally been unveiled by the European Commission.1 Controversy has already been sparked both within industry and among Member States by the Commission's decision not to use the legislation to promote early harmonisation of national industrial pollution control standards and, at one point, even to discourage it. And although strongly influenced by Britain's integrated pollution control (IPC) regime, it is sufficiently different for British industry to take a close interest in the progress of negotiations.

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