France focuses again on major accidents
Draft legislation on preventing major industrial accidents and dealing with their aftermath was presented on Friday by French environment minister Roselyne Bachelot. The law is similar to a proposal produced by the previous government (EED 14/02/02). It would require risk prevention plans for all high-risk sites and give authorities wider powers to ban new installations. Following a disaster, local residents would be fully indemnified by insurers within three months. The draft law also addresses natural disasters, focusing on flood prevention and establishing a special fund. See dossier and draft law.