Integrated pollution prevention and control

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Current status

This directive was in effect from October 30, 1996 until February 17, 2008 and should have been implemented in national regulation on October 30, 1999 at the latest.

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Key information

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Council Directive 96/61/EC of 24 September 1996 concerning integrated pollution prevention and control
 
Legal instrument Directive
Original proposal COM(1993)423
CELEX number i 31996L0061

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Key dates

Document 24-09-1996
Publication in Official Journal 10-10-1996; Special edition in Hungarian: Chapter 15 Volume 003,Special edition in Latvian: Chapter 15 Volume 003,Special edition in Czech: Chapter 15 Volume 003,Special edition in Lithuanian: Chapter 15 Volume 003,Special edition in Bulgarian: Chapter 15 Volume 003,OJ L 257, 10.10.1996,Special edition in Polish: Chapter 15 Volume 003,Special edition in Slovak: Chapter 15 Volume 003,Special edition in Romanian: Chapter 15 Volume 003,Special edition in Estonian: Chapter 15 Volume 003,Special edition in Maltese: Chapter 15 Volume 003,Special edition in Slovenian: Chapter 15 Volume 003
Effect 30-10-1996; Entry into force Date pub. + 20 See Art 22
End of validity 17-02-2008; Repealed by 32008L0001
Transposition 30-10-1999; At the latest See Art 21

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31996L0061

Council Directive 96/61/EC of 24 September 1996 concerning integrated pollution prevention and control

Official Journal L 257 , 10/10/1996 P. 0026 - 0040

COUNCIL DIRECTIVE 96/61/EC of 24 September 1996 concerning integrated pollution prevention and control

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community, and in particular Article 130s (1) thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the Commission (1),

Having regard to the opinion of the Economic and Social Committee (2),

Acting in accordance with the procedure laid down in Article 189c of the Treaty (3),

  • 1. 
    Whereas the objectives and principles of the Community's environment policy, as set out in Article 130r of the Treaty, consist in particular of preventing, reducing and as far as possible eliminating pollution by giving priority to intervention at source and ensuring prudent management of natural resources, in compliance with the 'polluter pays` principle and the principle of pollution prevention;
  • 2. 
    Whereas the Fifth Environmental Action Programme, the broad outline of which was approved by the Council and the Representatives of the Governments of the Member States, meeting within the Council, in the resolution of 1 February 1993 on a Community programme of policy and action in relation to the environment and sustainable development (4), accords priority to integrated pollution control as an important part of the move towards a more sustainable balance between human activity and socio-economic development, on the one hand, and the resources and regenerative capacity of nature, on the other;
  • 3. 
    Whereas the implementation of an integrated approach to reduce pollution requires action at Community level in order to modify and supplement existing Community legislation concerning the prevention and control of pollution from industrial plants;
  • 4. 
    Whereas Council Directive 84/360/EEC of 28 June 1984 on the combating of air pollution from industrial plants (5) introduced a general framework requiring authorization prior to any operation or substantial modification of industrial installations which may cause air pollution;
  • 5. 
    Whereas Council Directive 76/464/EEC of 4 May 1976 on pollution caused by certain dangerous substances discharged into the aquatic environment of the Community (6) introduced an authorization requirement for the discharge of those substances;
  • 6. 
    Whereas, although Community legislation exists on the combating of air pollution and the prevention or minimization of the discharge of dangerous substances into water, there is no comparable Community legislation aimed at preventing or minimizing emissions into soil;
  • 7. 
    Whereas different approaches to controlling emissions into the air, water or soil separately may encourage the shifting of pollution between the various environmental media rather than protecting the environment as a whole;
  • 8. 
    Whereas the objective of an integrated approach to pollution control is to prevent emissions into air, water or soil wherever this is practicable, taking into account waste management, and, where it is not, to minimize them in order to achieve a high level of protection for the environment as a whole;
  • 9. 
    Whereas this Directive establishes a general framework for integrated pollution prevention and control; whereas it lays down the measures necessary to implement integrated pollution prevention and control in order to achieve a high level of protection for the environment as a whole; whereas application of the principle of sustainable development will be promoted by an integrated approach to pollution control;
  • 10. 
    Whereas the provisions of this Directive apply without prejudice to the provisions of Council Directive 85/337/EEC of 27 June 1985 on the assessment of the effects...

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