Subcategories Project status:
Changes in Industrial Operations
- Number: 2000/08
- Status: Finalised
- Period: 2000
- Lead Country: Finland
Project team countries:
National environmental legislation and Community legislation stipulate that the requirements for environmental protection are fulfilled before industrial operations can be started up. In practice, a permit, a notice or an equivalent decision by a competent authority is used to control the operations. Industrial operations are not static; changes in operations may occur frequently. When a change occurs, the original permit may no longer be valid. Therefore, national and Community legislation also have provisions that control changes in operation.
The aim of this project was to provide a basic insight into the practices of authorities responsible for controlling changes in operation from the point of view of environmental protection. The project was useful in clarifying the legislative demands of each of the participating member states and in showing how these demands and requirements are interpreted by different authorities. The overall objective was to find out what is good practice in supervision and control of changes in industrial operations by focussing on the practice of authorities handling these changes.