More controls on hazardous chemical plants

In the city where you live there is one chemical plant doubt? Citizens have the right to be informed and have their say about the work of the industry. It is for this and other reasons that the EU acts by amending a directive that involves about 10,000 establishments characterized by the presence of dangerous substances in quantities sufficient to create a major accident hazard.

To protect public safety, the so-called directive was agreed Seveso III to ensure greater controls on chemical plants and improve citizens' access to information on plants and chemical substances treated. Negotiations with member states will see the approval of the Council to bring the directive into force in June 2015.

There Seveso III is the revision of the EU Seveso II Directive, 96/82 / EC modified by Directive 2003/105 EC and applicable to about 10 thousand chemical plants considered at risk. With the Seveso III the already present rules of inspection with the obligation to inspect the highest risk installations at least once a year and the lowest risk sites at least once every three years.

Furthermore, public authorities will have the right to receive information on local establishments, regardless of Seveso legislation. The legislation was created to ensure public safety also through information. Citizens have the right to access understandable information on the activities of chemical industries at risk and must have a say in expressing their opinion on issues such as site expansion and emergency planning. With the'city ​​action, the authorities will be required to act and carry out further checks in the event of complaints or if a violation of the environmental standards.

The legislation will be followed by a new classification system based on international standards which can predict the presence of three classes of acute toxicity. The legislation not only protects human health but also that ofenvironment. By strengthening controls, it will be possible to identify unsuitable disposal procedures and provide for the necessary penalties e remediation.

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