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Parliamentary questions
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25 June 2010
Answer given by Mr Potočnik on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-2932/2010

The Commission is unaware of the soil and marine pollution raised in this question and allegedly caused by the Creta pig Farm.

Intensive rearing of pigs above 2000 places for production pigs or 750 places for sows falls within the remit of Directive 2008/1/EC(1) concerning integrated pollution prevention and control (IPPC). The directive requires installations falling under its scope to operate in accordance with permits including emission limit values or other technical measures based on the use of best available techniques (BAT), designed to prevent and, where that is not practicable, generally to reduce emissions and the impact to the environment as a whole. The prevention or reduction of emissions to air, water and soil should therefore be dealt with in the environmental permits issued in accordance with the IPPC Directive.

It should be noted that the IPPC Directive does not set limits for ammonia emissions from pig farms. Emission limits are set in permit conditions by the relevant competent authority and it is these limits that must be respected by the operator of the installation concerned.

It is unclear from the information provided by the Honourable Member whether the farm concerned is subject to the IPPC Directive and whether, in case an IPPC permit has been issued, emission limit values for ammonia have been set and are complied with. However, the Commission will request information from the Greek authorities regarding the installation and on the measures which have been taken to ensure compliance with EC law.

(1)OJ L 24, 29.1.2008, p. 8.

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