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EU tightens controls for dangerous chemicals

To prevent industrial accidents, the European Union has imposed tougher management standards on plastic companies. The Seveso III directive, commissioned by the European Parliament, the European Commission and the EU Council of Ministers, will include new safety rules for companies handling toxic chemicals and metallic ingredients in plastics and oil and petrol.

Tightening rules already in place under the 1997 Seveso II directive, the new law will also force EU member states to publish information on the internet about the location of plants covered by the directive and on how the public should react in a chemical accident emergency. It protects protestors' rights to launch court challenges to planning decisions on the siting of such plants.