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Commission statement on CO2 and revised Seveso Directive

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The Commission has issued a statement on whether carbon dioxide should be a named substance with suitable thresholds in a revision of Council Directive 96/82/EC (Seveso Directive). CO2 is currently not classified as dangerous, and CO2 transport and storage sites are therefore not included in the control of major-accident hazards involving dangerous substances. The case for considering CO2 as a named substance under the Seveso-Directive will, however, be considered in more detail during the development of the proposed revision of the Directive, scheduled for late 2009 / early 2010. The Commission could then include CO2 as a named substance with suitable thresholds in the revised Seveso-Directive. The Commission would then also propose changes to Annex III to Directive 2004/35/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on environmental liability with regard to the prevention and remedying of environmental damage (Environmental Liability Directive) to ensure that all Seveso installations handling supercritical CO2 are covered under the Environmental Liability Directive.