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Developments in EU Pollution Control Legislation

April 28th, 2014

EU Pollution

The EU Industrial Emissions Directive (2010/75/EU) ‘IED’ is the replacement legislation for the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control directive (IPPCD). IED has been in force since late 2010, and was put into law in England and Wales in early 2013. As of January 2014, all existing installations (except large combustion plants) are subject to its requirements. This follows a period of review, consultation and change in pollution control legislation. Numerous directives, including the Waste Incineration directive (WID); the Solvent Emissions directive (SED) and the Large Combustion Plant directive (LCPD), have been repealed and combined in the new Directive.

Milestone for businesses

2015 will be a milestone for businesses involved in certain ‘newly prescribed activities’, such as specified waste recovery and wood preservation , that had previously not been in the scope of IPPCD. Next year they will be required to apply for permits under IED, due by July 2015. Existing Large Combustion Plants will come under IED from 2016.