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This transaltion is based on the norwegian text with latest amendments of20 june 2003Translation for information use onlyChapter 1 Introductory provisions 1 Purpose of the ActThe purpose of this Act is to protect the outdoor environment against pollution and to reduce existing pollution to reduce the quantity of waste and to promote better waste managementThe Act shall ensure that the quality of the environment is satisfactory so that pollution and waste do not result in damage to human health or adversely affect welfare or damage the productivity of the natural environment and its capacity for self-renewal 2 GuidelinesThe Act shall be implemented in accordance with the following guidelinesEfforts shall be made to prevent any occurrence or increase of pollution and to limit any pollution that does occur Similarly efforts shall be made to avoid waste problems The Act shall be used to achieve a level of environmental quality that is satisfactory on the basis of an overall evaluation of human health and welfare the natural environment the costs associated with any measures implemented and economic considerationsThe pollution control authorities shall coordinate their activities with the planning authorities in such a way that land-use planning legislation together with this Act is used to avoid and limit pollution and waste problemsEfforts to avoid and limit pollution and waste problems shall be based on the technology that will give the best results in the light of an overall evaluation of current and future use of the environment and economic considerationsWaste shall be managed in such a way as to minimize damage and nuisance Waste shall be recovered when this is appropriate on the basis of an evaluation of environmental and natural resource considerations and economic factorsThe costs of preventing or limiting pollution and waste problems shall be met by the person responsible for the pollution or wastePollution and waste problems resulting from activity in Norwegian territory shall be counteracted to the same extent irrespective of whether the
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