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Legislation under Environment Protection Act (CAP 549)

The following section includes all of the relevant legislation that falls under the competence of the Environment and Resources Authority. The legislation covers all of the thematic environmental areas including waste, water,air quality,biodiversity and nature protection,environmental noise, radiation,marine, genetically modified organisms and biosafety, environmental assessmemt,ozone protection and industry amongst other things. Some legal notices arise from a national requirement while others transpose an EU obligation.The aim of this legislation is to protect, preserve and improve the environment; and ensure that the well being of the environment is maintained. 

Previously the environmental law was implemented through the EDPA (CAP 504)

CAP.504 Environment and Development Planning Act​

 This act  is being replaced by the Environment Protection Act (CAP 549)

CAP.549 Environment Protection Act (CAP 549)​


S.L. 549.01 Fungus Rock (il-Ġebla tal-Ġeneral) Nature Reserve Regulation

S.L. 549.02 Reptiles (Protection) Regulations

S.L. 549.03 Selmunett Islands (St.Paul Islands) Nature Reserve Regulations

S.L. 549.04 Environment Protection (Preventive and Remedial Measures) Regulations

S.L. 549.05 Non-Alcoholic Beverages (Containers) Notice

S.L. 549.06 Environment Protection Control of Substances Depleting the Ozone Layer) Regulations

S.L. 549.07 Deposit of Wastes and Rubble (Fees) Regulations

S.L. 549.08 Combating of Air Pollution from Industrial Plants Regulations

S.L. 549.09 Sludge (Use in Agriculture) Regulations

S.L. 549.10 Pollution caused by Certain Dangerous Substances discharged into the Aquatic Environment Regulations

S.L. 549.11 Air Pollution by Ozone Regulations

S.L. 549.12 Limit Values and Quality Objectives for Hexachlorocyclohexane Discharges

S.L. 549.13 Limit Values and Quality Objectives for Mercury Discharges by Sectors other than the Chlor-Alkali Electrolysis Industry Regulations

S.L. 549.14 Limit Values and Quality Objectives for Mercury Discharges by the Chlor-alkali Electrolysis Industry Regulations

S.L. 549.15 Limit Values and Quality Objectives for Cadmium Discharges Regulations

S.L. 549.16 Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that deplete the Ozone Layer (Incorporation) Regulations

S.L. 549.17 Limit Values and Quality Objectives for Discharges of Certain Dangerous Substances into the Aquatic Environment Regulations

S.L. 549.18 Prevention and Reduction of Environmental Pollution by Asbestos Regulations

S.L. 549.19 Nomination of Competent Authority Order

S.L. 549.20 Importation of Skins of Certain Seal Pups and Derived Products Regulations

S.L. 549.21 Quality required of Surface Water intended for the Abstraction of Drinking Water Regulations

S.L. 549.22 Urban Waste Water Treatment Regulations

S.L. 549.23 Quality required of Shellfish Waters Regulations

S.L. 549.24 Quality of Fresh Waters Supporting Fish Life (Protection and Improvement) Regulations

S.L. 549.25 Protection of Waters against Pollution caused by Nitrates from Agricultural Sources Regulations

S.L. 549.26 Development Planning (Clamping and Removal of Objects used for Illegal Development) Regulations

S.L. 549.27 Convention on Biological Diversity (Incorporation) Regulations

S.L. 549.28 Waste Management (Polychlorinated Biphenyls and Polychlorinated Terphenyls) Regulations

S.L. 549.29 Waste Management (Landfill) Regulations

S.L. 549.30 Availability of Consumer Information on Fuel Economy and Carbondioxide Emissions in respect of the Marketing of New Passenger Cars Regulations

S.L. 549.31 Biosafety Co-ordinating Committee Regulations

S.L. 549.32 National Emission Ceilings for Certain Atmospheric Pollutants Regulations

S.L. 549.33 Export and Imports of Certain Dangerous Chemicals Regulations

S.L. 549.34 Chemicals Co-ordinating Committee Regulations

S.L. 549.35 Marine Mammals Protection Regulations

S.L. 549.36 Waste Management (End of Life Vehicles) Regulations

S.L. 549.37 Assessment and Management of Environment Noise Regulations

S.L. 549.38 Trade in Species of Fauna and Flora Regulations

S.L. 549.39 Freedom of Access to Information on the Environment Regulations

S.L. 549.40 Abandonment, Dumping and Disposal of Waste in Streets and Public Places or Areas Regulations

S.L. 549.41 Plans and Programmes (Public Participation) Regulations

S.L. 549.42 Conservation of Wild Birds Regulations

S.L. 549.43 Waste Management Packaging and Packaging Waste) Regulations

S.L. 549.44 Flora, Fauna and Natural Habitats Protection Regulations

S.L. 549.45 Waste Management Activity (Registration) Regulations

S.L. 549.46 Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations

S.L. 549.47 European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register Reporting Obligations Regulations

S.L. 549.48 Establishment of the Majjistral, Nature and History Park Regulations

S.L. 549.49 Contained Use of Genetically Modified Micro-Organisms Regulations

S.L. 549.50 Waste Management (Management of Waste from Extractive Industries and Backfilling) Regulations

S.L. 549.51 Supervision and Control of Shipments of Radioactive Waste Regulations

S.L. 549.52 Control of Volatile Organic Compound-VOC Emissions (Storage and Distribution of Petrol from Terminals to Service Stations) Regulations

S.L. 549.53 Protection of Groundwater against Pollution and Deterioration Regulations

S.L. 549.54 Waste Management (Waste Batteries and Accumulators) Regulations

S.L. 549.55 Certain Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases Regulations

S.L. 549.56 Large Combustion Plants Regulations

S.L. 549.57 Framework for Allowing a Derogation Opening a Spring Hunting Season for Turtle Dove and Quail Regulations

S.L. 549.58 Substances Depleting the Ozone Layer Regulations

S.L. 549.59 Ambient Air Quality Regulations

S.L. 549.60 Deliberate Release into the Environment of Genetically Modified Organisms Regulations

S.L. 549.61 Strategic Environmental Assessment Regulations

S.L. 549.62 Marine Policy Framework Regulations

S.L. 549.63 Waste Regulations

S.L. 549.64 Trees and Woodlands Protection Regulations

S.L. 549.65 Waste Management (Shipments of Waste) Regulations

S.L. 549.66 Nitrates Action Programme Regulations

S.L. 549.67 Conservation of Wild Birds (Declaration of the periods for Hunting and Taking for 2011) Regulations

S.L. 549.68 Geological Storage of Carbon Dioxide Regulations

S.L. 549.69 Conservation of Wild Birds (Declaration of a period for Taking) (Song Thrush) Regulations

S.L. 549.70 Environment and Planning Commission (Types of Applications) Regulations

S.L. 549.71 Limitation of Emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds (Paints, Varnishes and Vehicle Refinishing Products) Regulations

S.L. 549.72 Daily Penalty Regulations

S.L. 549.73 Schedule of Penalties Regulations

S.L. 549.74 Conservation of Wild Birds (Framework for Allowing a Derogation Opening an Autumn Live-Capturing Season for Song Thrush and Golden Plover) Regulations

S.L. 549.75 Conservation of Wild Birds (Declaration on a derogation for a 2012 Autumn live-capturing season for Song Thrush and Golden Plover) Regulations

S.L. 549.76 Industrial Emissions (Framework) Regulations

S.L. 549.77 Industrial Emissions (Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control) Regulations

S.L. 549.78 Industrial Emissions (Large Combustion Plants) Regulations

S.L. 549.79 Industrial Emissions (Limitation of Emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds) Regulations

S.L. 549.80 Industrial Emissions (Titanium Dioxide) Regulations

S.L. 549.81 Industrial Emissions (Waste Incineration) Regulations

S.L. 549.82 Infrastructure for Spatial Information Regulations

S.L. 549.83 Majjistral Nature and History Park Site Regulations

S.L. 549.84 Conservation of Wild Birds (Declaration of the periods for Hunting in Autumn - Winter 2013 - 2014) Regulations

S.L. 549.85 Conservation of Wild Birds (Framework for Allowing a Derogation for the Control of Birds in the Interest of Air-Safety) Regulations

S.L. 549.86 Conservation of Wild Birds (Declaration of a Derogation for the Control of Sturnus vulgaris) Regulations

S.L. 549.87 Conservation of Wild Birds (Declaration on a Derogation for a 2013 Autumn Live-Capturing Season for Song Thrush and Golden Plover)

S.L. 549.88 Conservation of Wild Birds (Declaration on a Derogation for a 2014 Spring Hunting Season for Turtle Dove and Quail) Regulations

S.L. 549.89 Waste Management (Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Regulations

S.L. 549.90 Protection of Wild Rabbit Regulations

S.L. 549.91 Conservation of Wild Birds (Declaration on a Derogation for a 2014 Autumn live-capturing season for Finches) Regulations

S.L. 549.92 Conservation of Wild Birds (Declaration on a Derogation for a 2014 Autumn live-capturing season for Song Thrush and Golden Plover) Regulations

S.L. 549.93 Conservation of Wild Birds (Framework for Allowing a Derogation Opening an Autumn Live-Capturing Season for Finches) Regulations

S.L. 549.94 Timber and Timber Products (Placing on the Market) Regulations

S.L. 549.95 Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade Licensing Scheme Regulations

S.L. 549.96 Conservation of Wild Birds (Declaration of a Derogation for the Control of Sturnus vulgaris and Columbia Livia) Regulations

S.L. 549.97 Prevention and Remedying of Environmental Damage Regulations

S.L. 549.98 Conservation of Wild Birds (Declaration on a Derogation for a 2015 Autumn livecapturing season for Finches) Regulations

S.L. 549.99 Conservation of Wild Birds (Declaration on a Derogation for a 2015 Autumn livecapturing season for Song Thrush and Golden Plover) Regulations

S.L. 549.100 Water Policy Framework Regulations

S.L. 549.101 Conservation of Wild Birds (Declaration of the Autumn Hunting Season for Turtle Dove) Regulations

S.L. 549.102 Conservation of Wild Birds (Declaration on a Derogation for a 2016 Spring Hunting Season for Turtle Dove and Quail) Regulations

S.L. 549.103 Environment and Development Planning Act (Repeal and Applicability of Subsidiary Legislation) Regulations

S.L. 549.104 Environment and Development Planning Act (Transfer of Assets, Rights, Liabilities, Obligations, and Functions) Regulations

S.L. 549.105 Environment and Planning Appeals (Fees) Regulations

S.L. 549.106 Conservation of Wild Birds (Falconry) Regulations​