Spanish exemptions for industrial emissions ‘are illegal’

A decision by the EU to allow several power plants in Spain to bypass strict pollution limits has been deemed a breach of both EU and national law, according to Spanish legal campaigning organisation Instituto Internacional de Derecho y Medio Ambiente

A decision by the EU to allow several power plants in Spain to bypass strict pollution limits has been deemed a breach of both EU and national law, according to Spanish legal campaigning organisation Instituto Internacional de Derecho y Medio Ambiente (IIDMA).

IIDMA said that the EU Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) allows member states to set less challenging pollution limits for large combustion plants than the limits required under EU law. This derogation has been used by other member states including the UK and is available from 2016 to 2020. One method for obtaining this derogation is to apply to the Commission for a transitional national plan (TNP). 

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