Commission unveils guidance for groundwater and soil protection measures to be taken by operators of IPPC installations

The Industrial Emissions Directive (IED, 2010/75/EU), adopted in 2010, introduced more stringent measures for the protection of soil and groundwater.

The IED concerns more than 50,000 installations throughout Europe carrying out activities such as the combustion of fuels, iron and steel, paper and pulp, the tanning of hides and skins, waste treatment, food production or chemicals processing (IPPC activities). In most cases, defined production capacity thresholds have to be exceeded in order to fall under the directive’s scope.

The IED requires that every installation subject to its scope is only operated with a permit providing for the application of the best available techniques (BATs) to prevent and/or control the pollution of the environment. Following a stakeholder process, the European Commission adopts implementing decisions laying down conclusions on what is to be understood as BAT. These conclusions must be observed when IPPC activities are permitted…

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