Member states "slow to implement IPPC law"

First official review says many industrial installations risk missing October 2007 permit deadline

Member states are not implementing the EU's flagship 1996 industrial pollution law quickly enough, the European Commission warned on Thursday. A looming deadline for all large plants to require a permit under the IPPC directive might not be met by some, it said. It promised to step up scrutiny of national performance.

"Nine years after the adoption of this major piece of legislation and two years before the deadline for its full application, many installations do not yet comply with the conditions set out," environment commissioner Stavros Dimas said. "This may cause significant environmental damage...member states clearly have to make stronger efforts to issue the necessary permits."

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