|A departmental environmental council is established in each department. This council is made up in particular of members of the sites, perspectives and landscapes commission, the departmental hunting and wildlife council, the departmental quarrying commission, the departmental hygiene council, representing in a balanced manner and taking into account account of their representativeness the various interests involved. It is chaired by the prefect or by his representative.
It may be referred for an opinion by the prefect or the president of the general council on any question relating to the environment or the living environment of the department and which does not come under the exclusive competence of one of the bodies mentioned in the first paragraph. It is also consulted in the case provided for in article L. 310-2.
When the council deliberates on a competence held by the department, the chairmanship is ensured by the president of the general council or his representative.
A Council of State decree specifies the conditions for the application of this article.
|A regional environmental committee may be set up in each region.
Chaired by the president of the regional council or by his representative, half of this committee is made up of regional advisers, and a quarter of representatives of environmental protection associations approved under Article L. 141-1 appointed by the regional prefect and for a quarter of qualified personalities appointed by the president of the regional council.
He is charged by the president of the regional council or by the president of the regional economic and social council with a mission of reflection, proposal and conciliation on any subject or project of regional interest relating to the environment.
As such, it can establish, in conjunction with the departments concerned, an inventory of the region’s landscape heritage.
In addition, this committee studies the various aspects of atmospheric pollution and its effects on the environment and health, with the assistance of the approved bodies provided for in Article L. 221-3.