THE EUROPEAN Union's (EU) so-called Seveso II directive, which imposes duties on industrial plants to protect against and prepare for accidents, has been strengthened by the EU's Council of Ministers (environment); it has agreed to proposed changes extending the "appropriate safety distances" between industrial establishments and major transport routes. Some new mining activities are added to the legislation along with tighter definitions for explosive and pyrotechnic substances.

The changes, which follow public and political outrage ...

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