New environmental crimes

On May 19th 2015, the reform of the Italian Penal Code on environmental crimes has finally become law. Now the Code includes a number of crimes against the environment, which also amount to underlying offences for the purposes of the entities’ administrative liability.

The newsletter, after having provided a general overview of the reform, specifically analyses the following new articles:

  • Environmental pollution (art. 452 bis c.p.)
  • Environmental disaster (art. 452 quater c.p.)
  • Omitted remediation of contaminated land (art. 452 terdecies c.p.),

as well as the new mechanism of extinguishment of minor offences (art. 318 bis)

The new rules are carefully analyzed, examining the novelties and paying particular attention to the more problematic aspects of the reform.

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