Good prospects for EC proposal on integrated pollution control

Optimism is growing that a legislative proposal to introduce an integrated approach to industrial pollution control across the EC will be ready for publication by the summer. The concept now appears to be supported by all of the main EC countries after Germany swung in behind it at a meeting of national experts in Brussels at the end of January.

A Directive on "integrated permitting" was first mooted by the European Commission last summer (ENDS Report 197, pp 35-7). By the autumn it had turned into a Directive on integrated pollution control (IPC) after the Commission realised it would meet serious resistance from some Member States to the idea of a single permit for all releases to the environment (ENDS Report 201, pp 33-5).

The latest thought in Brussels is neither integrated p

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