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Environmental protection Act, 2000 (Finland)


Section 1

The objective of this Act is: 1) to prevent the pollution of the environment and to repair and reduce damage caused by pollution; 2) to safeguard a healthy, pleasant and ecologically diverse and sustainable environment; 3) to prevent the generation and the harmful effects of waste; 4) to improve and integrate assessment of the impact of activities that pollute the environment; 5) to improve citizens' opportunities to influence decisions concerning the environment; 6) to promote sustainable use of natural resources; and 7) to combat climate change and otherwise support sustainable development.

Section 3 In this Act: 1) environmental pollution refers to such emission or deposit of a substance, energy, noise, vibration, radiation, light, heat or odour caused by human activity in the environment that either alone or together with other emissions: a) causes harm to health; b) causes harm to nature and its functioning; c) prevents or materially hinders the use of natural resources; d) decreases the general amenity of the environment or degenerates special cultural values; e) reduces the environment's suitability for general recreation purposes; f) damages or harms property or its use; or

g) constitutes a comparable violation of the public or private good.

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Full reference
Ympäristönsuojelulaki 4.2.2000/86 1 §, 3.1 §.

Related to

Environmental Protection Decree, 2000 (Finland) (2000)
• Everymans' rights (Finland)

Year 2000
Policy area Biodiversity and endangered species policies
Affected activity
Affected actors
Subject Nature conservation
Promoter/initiator Public
Zone North East Europe
Countries Finland
Regions (NUTS 2) North Karelia
Focus on NWFP
Document category Law
Instrument type Regulatory
Legal status Binding
Geographical scope National
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