Experts in Environmental Assessment Law discuss the challenges of its implementation in the industrial sector at conferences organized by INERCO 

Over three hundred representatives from the major industrial companies in Spain and the from the Administration analysed the challenges posed by the new regulations for the national industrial sector.

During the conferences organized by INERCO in Seville and Madrid in collaboration with the Official College of Industrial Engineers, specialists in the development and implementation of Law of Environmental Assessment (21/2013 of the 9th of December), highlighted the importance of this law in the simplification of the procedure for the environmental assessment of plans, programs and projects, in order to minimize regional differences and to increase legal security for developers.

 

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Substantial Change Criteria IEA

Entry in force of The Royal Decree 815/2013 on October 18th regarding Industrial Emissions Regulations introduced new criteria for assessing the substantial changes characterised in the modification of an installation. Among these criteria, “incorporating into the process or increasing the amount of dangerous substances or preparations not specified in the original authorisation provided, it results that safety reports or plans must be developed or revised with respect to the regulation by Royal Decree 1254/1999 of July 16 th”.

This implies that there will be projects, that before, were environmentally approved in a maximum period of one month should be processed by a more complex procedure and take a minimum period of six months. As such, in the conferences it was highlighted that submitting hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to ordinary environmental assessment procedure makes “Spain, positioned from a legislative perspective, ahead of the rest of Europe”.