MEPs, Environment Ministers start work on Seveso Directive

The European Parliament has voted for 79 amendments to a European Commission proposal to overhaul the 1982 "Seveso" Directive on major accident hazards. Environment Commissioner Ritt Bjerregaard made it clear to MEPs that fewer than half of these are acceptable - but some, such as prior notification of certain changes to chemical inventories and public consultation over internal emergency plans, would involve significant changes in UK practice. The Environment Council also gave the proposal a first reading in March and indicated that it is keen to move quickly towards adopting it.

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