IPPC in Poland: major amendments to the environmental law

On 11 July 2014, the Polish Parliament adopted the draft of the bill to amend the environmental law and certain other acts. The bill will soon be signed by the president and published, and will enter into force after 14 days from the date of its publication. Generally the bill is aimed at implementing the Industrial Emissions Directive, 2010/75/EU (IED), but it will also introduce some other important amendments to Poland’s environmental law.

Government representatives admit that the bill will have a significant influence on the functioning of large installations in various industrial branches (for example energy, chemical, metallurgical, food, paper and pulp). Once the bill comes into force, operators of such installations will have to face a number of issues, including legal ones.

The bill amends the procedure for obtaining the Integrated Prevention Pollution and Control (IPPC) permit (Polish: pozwolenie zintegrowane). Such permit is crucial for the functioning of an installation (the voivodship environmental protection inspector must suspend operation of an installation in the event that its operator does not hold the proper permit). In other words, an industrial site cannot function without an IPPC permit…

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