Seveso III

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Seveso III

A directive that replaced Seveso I and Seveso II in 2012. Seveso III provides technical updates to take account of changes in EU chemicals classification. It also provides:
• Better access for citizens to information about risks resulting from activities of nearby companies, and about how to respond in the event of an accident;
• More effective rules on participation by the public concerned in land-use planning projects related to Seveso plants;
• Access to justice for citizens who have not been granted appropriate access to information or participation; and
• Stricter standards for inspections of establishments to ensure more effective enforcement of safety rules.

In 2008, the Council and the European Parliament adopted a Regulation on the Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) of substances and mixtures, adapting the EU system to the new UN international chemicals classification (Globally Harmonised System, or GHS). This in turn triggered the need to adapt the Seveso Directive, since its scope was based on the former chemicals classification.
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