Delays in IPPC implementation "unacceptable"

Most EU member states miss October deadline to comply with integrated pollution prevention and control law

Delays in implementing the EU's 1996 integrated pollution prevention and control (IPPC) directive are "unacceptable", the European commission warned on Tuesday as a major deadline to comply with the law passed.

Under the law, from Tuesday thousands of EU industrial installations in sectors ranging from manufacturing to intensive livestock farming should have obtained pollution permits containing emission limits based on "best available techniques" (BAT).

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