Well over half of 5000 Spanish industrial plants have yet to obtain compliant permits under the EU's integrated pollution prevention and control (IPPC) directive, despite a deadline to do so by Tuesday (EED 12/10/07), according to environmental NGO Ecologistas en Acción.
The situation has arisen because of six-year governmental delay in transposing the directive, lack of support from regional authorities and "ignorance and disinterest on the part of companies," the group said in an analysis.
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