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Chemical and pharmaceutical companies handle substances that are hazardous to human health and the environment every day. That is why lawmakers impose strict rules on industry players in areas such as production, waste disposal and recycling. These rules have been tightened in response to the climate crisis, the EU targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the current geopolitical situation, among other things.
That places chemical-pharmaceutical facilities under strict permitting requirements under the German Federal Immission Control Act. But not all facilities are affected equally.
Note: You should urgently check what permits you need to continue operating your facilities legally in order to avoid penalties or sanctions, including a government-ordered shutdown of your facility!
Check your permits now! Infraserv Höchst’s consultants know what matters in immission control!
Immission control requirements for chemical-pharmaceutical facilities are extremely stringent – and for good reason. However, there’s one thing many companies do not appreciate:
Harmful immissions do not stop at the outer boundaries of their site!
That means operators have to do more than just protect their own employees and assets from immissions. They have to consider the site’s surroundings, too. This can include:
Consistently meeting the operator’s facility operation obligations also improves legal protection from neighboring residents and helps to avoid costly, time-consuming legal disputes. When you build a new facility or modify an existing one, it may also be helpful to include in your application an environmental impact assessment (EIA) or, if your establishment falls under the Major Accidents Ordinance (Störfallverordnung), a safety report in accordance with § 9 of the Major Accidents Ordinance.
The German Federal Immission Control Act and its permitting procedures constitute a complex field that requires in-depth expertise:
Do you want to learn more about the challenges of obtaining facility permits? Then download our white paper, which includes a brief guidebook and an expert interview!
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