THE EUROPEAN Commission has acted upon its public warning that it was considering an extension of the Seveso II industrial safety directive, as result of the fireworks explosion in Enschede, the Netherlands, and the cyanide spill at the Baia Mare mine in Romania. It has also confirmed that it is considering a further extension of the legislation, because of the more recent explosion at a chemical factory in Toulouse, France.

In the first phase of action, the Commission has asked EU ministers to extend Seveso II, to cover mineral ...

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