Latest IPPC draft spurs concern over level playing-field

A long-awaited proposal for a Directive on integrated pollution prevention and control (IPPC) is expected shortly from the European Commission. The latest text, which would give Member States greater discretion over how to implement IPPC, is likely to provoke worries that the Directive will not result in a level playing-field for industry. Many details of the latest draft also remain at variance with Britain's integrated pollution control (IPC) regime.

The proposal has now been through five drafts, the last of which was completed late last year. The Commission is expected to finalise it in March. Below we concentrate largely on the amendments made since we covered the third draft last spring (ENDS Report 207, pp 29-31 ).

One of the most significant changes

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