Article 1.1.2.

1

Unless explicitly determined otherwise, the following definitions apply:

1 environment: the atmosphere, soil, water, flora, fauna and other organisms other than persons, ecosystems, landscapes and the climate;

2polluting elements: solid substances, liquids, gases, micro-organisms, forms of energy such as heat, radiation, light, noise and other vibrations;

3emission: any introduction by persons of polluting substances into the atmosphere, soil or water;

4to pollute: the causing of an emission which in a direct or indirect manner does or can detrimentally affect persons or the environment;

5pollution: the presence of polluting substances caused by persons in the atmosphere, soil or water which in a direct or indirect manner does or can detrimentally affect persons or the environment;

6 extraction: the removal by persons of soil, water, air or light which in a direct or indirect manner does or can detrimentally affect persons or the environment;

7immission: the change in the presence of polluting factors in the atmosphere, soil or water around one or more sources of pollution as a result of an emission from this source or sources;

8technical environmental entity: different establishments and/or activities, including their op-erating premises and other immoveable property with which they are related, which must be con-sidered as one entity for the assessment of the detrimental effects that they can cause on the popu-lation or environment. A fact that could indicate the existence of a technical environmental entity is the mutual geographic, material or operational relationships of establishments and activities which are concomitant with the relative separation of the whole of these establishments and ac-tivities with respect to other establishments and activities.

2

Unless explicitly stipulated otherwise:

  1. the atmosphere does not comprise air in closed spaces;
  2. the soil comprises the solid constituents of the ground, including groundwater, micro-organisms and other components located therein;
  3. water does not comprise drinking water nor groundwater;
  4. radiation does not comprise ionising radiation.