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Spatial Planning and Resilience Following DisastersInternational and Comparative Perspectives$
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Stefan Greiving, Michio Ubaura, and Jaroslav Tesliar

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447323587

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447323587.001.0001

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Major-accident hazards in spatial planning

Major-accident hazards in spatial planning

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(p.205) Chapter A5b Major-accident hazards in spatial planning
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Spatial Planning and Resilience Following Disasters
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Nadine Mägdefrau

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447323587.003.0011

The frequency of tragic major-accident hazards around the world reveals the importance to address this topic. Especially due to the fact that major-accidents are able to occur independently, but can also be triggered by natural hazards (so-called NaTech hazards) makes them hard to predict. After several major-accidents in the 1970s, the European Union issued the Seveso Directive in 1982, which was repeatedly amended and replaced. The main aim of the Seveso Directive is to prevent major-accidents that include dangerous substances and reduce the threat of such accidents if they still occur. This chapter gives an overview about the intention and content of the Seveso Directive and discusses its relevance for the field of spatial planning. It explains the implementation of the directive in Germany and illustrates its application with a practical example. The chapter finally draws a conclusion with possible points of transferability.

Keywords:   Seveso Directive, NaTech hazard, Germany, spatial planning, major-accident hazards

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