EC proposal on integrated pollution control comes closer

A third draft of a forthcoming EC proposal on integrated permitting, now retitled a Directive on integrated pollution prevention and control (IPPC), has been prepared by the European Commission. The potential scope of the legislation is now clearer following the drafting of lists of industrial processes and substances which will be subject to IPPC, and the Community debate on the new rules is homing in on the detailed procedures for permitting and the provisions governing the upgrading of existing plants.

Official discussions on the legislation have been under way since last spring (ENDS Reports 196, pp 35-6, and 201, pp 33-5). The latest meeting, which industrial representatives also attended, was held in April, and may be the last before a formal legislative proposal is issued.

The Commission is aiming to do this in the summer, clearing the way for the UK to make the legislation a priority during its Presidency of the EC Council in the s

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