Title: Risk Assessment In Support To Land-Use Planning In Europe: Towards More Consistent Decisions?
Authors: CHRISTOU MichailGYENES ZsuzsannaSTRUCKL Michael
Citation: JOURNAL OF LOSS PREVENTION IN THE PROCESS INDUSTRIES vol. 24 no. 3 p. 219-226
Publisher: ELSEVIER SCI LTD
Publication Year: 2011
JRC N°: JRC61494
ISSN: 0950-4230
URI: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0950423010001245
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC61494
DOI: 10.1016/j.jlp.2010.10.001
Type: Articles in Journals
Abstract: Recognising the importance of establishing appropriate separation distances between hazardous installations and vulnerable residential areas for mitigating the effects of industrial accidents, the European legislation for the control of major accident hazards - the so-called Seveso II Directive - calls for procedures ensuring that technical advice is taken systematically into account for Land-Use Planning (LUP) purposes. Due to historical, administrative, cultural and other reasons, these European Union's Member States which have consolidated procedures for addressing this issue, have em-ployed different approaches, methods and criteria, with a potential for great divergence in the resulting land-use planning decisions. In order to address this situation and to increase consistency and 'defendability' of land-use planning decisions in the EU, a European Working Group has been established and is operating under the coordination of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC). This Group, consisting of experts from the EU Member States, the industry and the academia, is trying to understand the different approaches and their implications to LUP decisionmaking, to de-velop guidelines in support to these decisions and to examine data sources and tools for consistent application of risk as-sessment in support to LUP. This paper presents the activities of the Group, reviews the situation with respect to LUP in Europe and discusses whether a direction towards more consistent LUP decisions is being followed in Europe.
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