Seveso Directive

The Seveso Directive is a European Union law named after the Seveso Disaster. In 1976 a chemical plant manufacturing pesticides and herbicides in the Italian Lombardy region exploded, causing the evacuation of 600 people, with as many as 2,000 having to be treated for dioxin poisoning. The first version of the Directive was approved in 1982 and has since been reviewed on various occasions by the European institutions. Recent amendments have focused on the prevention of major accidents involving dangerous substances and limiting their consequences for both people and the environment.