EU plan to overhaul pollution rules imminent

European commission to publish plan on Friday;  proposals include stricter emission limits for LCPs

The European commission will propose an overhaul of EU industrial pollution rules on Friday.  Publication was due on Tuesday but delayed after concerns were raised by EU trade commissioner Peter Mandelson (EED 18/12/07).  The revision is intended to increase the level of environmental protection and reduce the administrative burden on industry.  It will merge the 1996 integrated pollution prevention and control (IPPC) directive with six other emission-related laws.  The most controversial element of the plan is a proposal to set stricter emission limits for large combustion plants.  See EU IPPC webpage.

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