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Pollution prevention and control

A Commission proposal for a Council Directive on integrated pollution prevention and control (COM(93)423 of 30.9.1993) aims to provide for measures and procedures to prevent, wherever practicable, or to minimize emissions from industrial installations within the Community, so ...

A Commission proposal for a Council Directive on integrated pollution prevention and control (COM(93)423 of 30.9.1993) aims to provide for measures and procedures to prevent, wherever practicable, or to minimize emissions from industrial installations within the Community, so as to achieve a high level of protection for the environment as a whole. Member States shall take the necessary measures to ensure that no installation shall be operated without a permit issued in accordance with the proposed Directive. For new installations, the need to meet the requirements prescribed for the permit must be taken into account by the operator at the installation's design stage. An application to a competent authority for a permit must include (at least) a description of: - The installation; the raw and auxiliary materials, substances, preparations and energy used in or generated by the installation; - The sources of emissions; - The details of foreseeable emissions from the installation into each environmental medium plus a description of the effects of the emissions on the environment, including the likelihood of an emission affecting an environmental medium other than that into which it is released; - The detailed technology and other techniques proposed in order to prevent, where practicable, or minimize emissions from the installation, and evidence that the way in which it will be operated meets at least the emission limits described in the Directive, to ensure a high level of protection of the environment as a whole and for human health, without affecting the need to protect the safety and security of the workforce; - The proposed measures for the carrying-out of any appropriate recovery and recycling of materials, substances or preparations generated or used in the installation; - The proposed measures to prevent or minimize the risk of major accidents; - The proposed measures for monitoring emissions; - The options that have been considered and rejected for operating the installation in order to prevent, where practicable, or minimize emissions into the environment including an indication as to why those options have been rejected; - The measures proposed to be taken upon the permanent cessation of the operation of the installation, in order to ensure that no harm to the environment may occur. In order to facilitate an integrated approach, Member States shall appoint, where there is no single competent authority, a supreme competent authority to coordinate the licensing procedure The Member States shall also ensure that the permit shall include all necessary measures to achieve a high level of protection for the environment, and shall take the necessary measures to ensure that emission limit values are set with the aim of ensuring that environmental quality standards are not breached. Member States shall ensure that the competent authority follows or is informed of developments in best available techniques (BAT) for preventing or minimizing emissions into the environment emanating from those installations for which it has responsibility pursuant to this Directive. Further Articles of the proposed Directive cover changes by operators to the installations, reconsideration and updating of the permits, compliance, access to information, exchange of information (between Member States and the Commission), transboundary effects and transnational provisions. Member States shall bring into force the laws, regulations and administrative conditions to comply with the Directive no later than 30 June 1995.

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