The environmental law (Dutch: Wet Milieubeheer (WM)) defines rules that carry
out an integral approach of environmental management. The WM is the central and most
important law and contains a juridical toolbox in order to protect and improve the environment.
The law contains general rules for environmental management in so called “frameworks”.
Within these frameworks more specific rules can be applied by governmental measures
(Dutch: AMvB’s or ministeriële regelingen).

The WM contains rules for diverging subjects like: handling substances and products of waste, maintaining order, publicity of environmental related data and possibilities for objection and appeal against (for example) governing bodies.

The articles 8.40, 8.41, 8.42, and 8.42a of the WM form the basic structure for the following general measures (AMvB’s) and regulations: