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The Seveso Directive is more than an enlightened response to a threatened disaster. Its implementation, and the Amendments that further strengthen it, show that the European Community recognizes the systematic importance of the incident that prompted its initial response. The Directive focusses on major accident hazards; these are but one manifestation of a problem whose urgency is now denied by no-one. This is the destructive impact of our inherited high-technology system on the natural environment. This is understood to be a leading contradiction for humanity in our time.

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Authors: FUNTOWICZ S O, JRC, 21020 Ispra (IT);RAVETZ J R, Department of Philosophy, The University, Leeds LS2 9JT (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Communicating with the Public about Major Accident Hazards, Varese, (IT), May 30-June 1, 1989
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 34940 ORA
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