Environmental crimes. Exceeding of the limits prescribed by the law and environmental pollution: the Italian High Court (Corte di Cassazione) distinguishes between the two concepts.

In a recent ruling, the High Court denies the Prosecutor the concession of a preventive seizure of a wastewater treatment plant that resulted above the limits prescribed by the law. According to the Court, in fact, the mere exceeding of the limit values is not sufficient to integrate – not even for precautionary purposes – the crime of environmental pollution pursuant to art. 452-bis c.p.

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