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  • Waste shipment inspection planning

    The new Art. 50 (2a) of the Waste Shipment Regulation 1013/2006 (WSR) lays down that by 1 January 2017, EU Member States shall ensure establishment of one or more inspection plans (IPs) in respect of their entire geographical territory. These plans refer to inspections under Art. 50(2) WSR, i.e. of establishments, undertakings, brokers and dealers in accordance with Art. 34 of Directive 2008/98/EC, and of shipments of waste and of the related recovery or disposal. During the IMPEL-TFS conference of 2014 participants expressed the need to develop a standard format/template or at least a guideline for an inspection plan in line with the requirements of the WSR which should make IPs also more comparable. They also supported an exchange of existing plans, experiences and priorities.

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  • TFS Prosecutors Project

    The compliance deficit of the Basel Convention and its European implementation, the European Waste Shipment Regulation (1013/2006) or ‘WSR’ is very serious. Figures indicate that about 20% of all waste shipments are in violation. The EU Directive 2008/99 on the protection of the environment through criminal law requires member states to also enforce the WSR by criminal law.

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  • Choosing Appropriate Interventions, Phase 3

    In order to improve the effectiveness of Environmental Inspectorates’ implementation of the environmental acquis, this project aims to provide IMPEL members with a toolkit for choosing interventions, according to circumstances. The tool has been developed and tested in phase 1 and 2 of the project. During phase 3 improvements will be made to the iDEPEND modelling tool, a host site will be indentified and the benefits of dependency modelling and the toolkit will be broader communicated.

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  • Experience of Derogations from IED BAT-AEL’s

    Article 15 paragraphs 4 & 5 of the Industrial Emissions Directive 2010/75/EU (IED) allow IMPEL´Members to determine that in certain circumstances a less strict Emission Limit Value (ELV) than the BAT-AEL may be set in a permit. Member States are developing their own proposals for implementation which will subsequently be reviewed by the Commission. The Commission has not published guidance on how the determination should be carried out. This could lead to varying interpretations across IMPEL Member Countries. This project will aim to identify good practice and help regulators in IMPEL to develop a more consistent approach to IED derogations.

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  • Supporting the Implementation of the Integrated Risk Assessment Method (IRAM)

    On 6 January 2011 the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) entered into force, and its provisions listed in Article 80(1) had to be transposed into national law within two years. The IED sets new requirements on the inspection of industrial installations as described in Article 23 of the Directive. The obligations on routine environmental inspections constitute a new challenge for the EU member states. IMPEL has already developed an Integrated Risk Assessment Method (IRAM) within the IMPEL easyTools project, as instrument to help member states to fulfil requirements of Article 23 of IED. Developing an Integrated Risk Assessment Method (IRAM) and the related IT tool, made it clear that a risk assessment tool should be used not only for IED inspections but also for inspections under the Seveso Directive and the RMCEI.

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  • Linking the Directive on Industrial Emissions (IED) and REACH Regulation, phase I and II

    In the Directive on Industrial Emissions (IED) there are many references to hazardous substances and the risks deriving from them. Consequently it is worthwhile to explore: whether the requirements/obligations under REACH Regulation can be useful for permitting and inspection work; what changes in REACH formats for registration, applications for authorisation would be possible in order to be even more compatible and provide added-value for IED permitting and inspection, which consequences (including positive effects) REACH requirements have for permitting and inspection activities, and how to improve the synergies and complementary nature between these two pieces of legislation.

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  • Enforcement Actions I – III

    The Waste Shipment Regulation (1013/2006/EC) requires Member States to inspect shipments of waste and to co-operate with each other. The series of Enforcement Actions projects was set up for the following reasons: Some Member States expressed the need for a formalised project framework in order to integrate this with the enforcement inspections in their own countries; International cooperation is essential to tackle international environmental problems; and The network of enforcers in the field should be maintained and extended to cover all Member States

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