Saturday, 31 March 2012

EU gives public more "Seveso" powers - but not until 2015

The Danish presidency has come to an agreement with the European Parliament to tighten the requirements of the Seveso directive in order to prevent accidents with hazardous chemicals. EU citizens will be able to access information on Seveso sites in their neighbourhoods and see how to react in an emergency from the comfort of their homes by the click of a mouse. (Seveso sites are companies which store large amounts of dangerous substances such as fireworks, oil and petrol or toxic chemicals.)

Sadly, we will have to wait another three years for the uprated directive to come into force. There is more here.

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