In 2010 the EU issued the Industrial Emissions Directive (Directive 2010/75/EU) to prevent and reduce harmful emissions from industrial processes. It governs the licensing and monitoring of particularly environmentally sensitive industrial plants. In Germany, the Accident Prevention Ordinance ensures the technical safety of industrial operations involving large quantities of hazardous substances. It also transposes the Seveso II and III Directives issued by the EU into German law. The specifications are regularly reviewed by the authorities.