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Baseline reports

The Directive 2010/75/EU of the European Parliament and the Council on industrial emissions - integrated pollution prevention and control, obliges industrial operators to prepare baseline report before operation of an installation commences.


Before starting operation of an installation or before a permit for an installation is updated for the first time the baseline report should be prepared and submitted to the competent authority. The installation activity should involve the use, production or release of relevant hazardous substances and having regard to the possibility of soil and groundwater contamination at the subject site.

We help our Clients to prepare baseline report, which should contain the information necessary to determine the state of soil and groundwater contamination, so as to make a quantified comparison with the state upon definitive cessation of activities.

Main stages of preparing the baseline report should cover the following:

  • Identify which hazardous substances are used, produced or released at the installation and produce a list of these hazardous substances.
  • Identify which of the hazardous substances are relevant hazardous substances. Discard those hazardous substances that are incapable of contaminating soil or groundwater.
  • For each relevant hazardous substance, identify the actual possibility for soil or groundwater contamination at the site of the installation, including the probability of releases and their consequences.
  • Provide the site history which should consider both the history of the site prior to development of the current/proposed installation and the operational history of the current/proposed installation.
  • Identify the site’s environmental setting including topography, geology, direction of groundwater flow, other potential migration pathways, environmental aspects, surrounding land use.
  • Describe the site, in particular demonstrating the location, type, extent and quantity of historic pollution and potential future emissions sources noting the strata and groundwater likely to be affected by those emissions – making links between sources of emissions, the pathways by which pollution may move and the receptors likely to be affected.
  • If there is  insufficient information which characterize the site both laterally and vertically then intrusive investigation of the site will be required in order to gather such information. The details of such investigation should be clarified with the competent authority.
  • Produce a baseline report for the installation that quantifies the state of soil and groundwater pollution by relevant hazardous substances.




Lidia Skąpska
Lidia Skąpska Chief Environmental