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Federal Emission Protection Act.

Type of law

It is the purpose of the present Act to protect human beings, animals and plants, the soil, water, the atmosphere as well as cultural assets and other material goods against harmful effects on the environment and, to the extent that this concerns installations subject to licensing, also from hazards, considerable disadvantages and considerable nuisance caused in any other way, and to take precautions against the emergence of any such harmful effects on the environment. The text consists of 62 articles divided into 7 Parts as follows: General provisions (I); Establishment and operation of installations (II); Nature of installations, substances, products, fuels and lubricants (III); Nature and operation of vehicles and craft, construction of and alterations to roads and railtracks (IV); Monitoring of air pollution in the territory of the Federal Republic of Germany, Clean air plans and noise abatement Plans (V); Joint provisions (VI); Final provisions (VII).
Long title of text
Act on the prevention of harmful effects on the environment caused by air pollution, noise, vibration and similar phenomena.
Date of text
Serial Imprint
Bundesgesetzblatt, Part I, No. 27, 21 March 1974, pp. 721-743.
Source language


Legislation Amendment
Original title
Gesetz zum Schutz vor schädlichen Umwelteinwirkungen durch Luftverunreinigungen, Geräusche, Erschütterungen und ähnliche Vorgänge (Bundes-Immissionsschutzgesetz – BImSchG).