The aim of the article is to define the scope and outline the development tendencies in the Polish environmental penal code encompassing a set of provisions referring to crimes and offences against the environment. The situation in the field of crimes against the environment is the following: most of the regulations are in Chapter XXII of the Penal Code - 'Crimes against the environment', and the so-called out-of-code crimes against the environment are an indispensable supplement to the code regulations. The situation in the field of offences against the environment is different. Most of the regulations are in special acts (environmental preservation law, law on use and conservation of water, act on wildlife conservation, act on waste utilization, and many others) and the regulations of the petty offences' code are a supplement to the out-of-code regulations.
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