United States Federal Environmental Updates

Australia Rss
Australia’s Hazardous Waste (Regulation of Exports and Imports) Regulations 1996 were amended on July 1, 2017, incorporating the Hazardous Waste (Regulation of Exports and Imports) Legislation Amendment (2017 Measures) Regulations 2017. The Regula...
Australia’s Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Regulations 1990, which establish a national system for identifying and assessing industrial chemicals and registering individuals who introduce such chemicals to Australia, was amende...
The Department of the Environment and Energy recently published amendments to the Hazardous Waste (Regulation of Exports and Imports) Act 1989 (AU1990No.6). The amendments provide technical modifications for the original regulation, which seeks to...
SafeWork Australia has adopted amendments to the Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011 (AU2011No.262). On July 1, 2017, the Fair Work and Other Legislation Amendment (South Australian Employment Court) Regulations 2017 were compiled into the Wor...
Belgium Rss
Belgium’s Royal Decree of 10 July 2017, effective July 1, 2017, amends the Royal Decree of 14 July 1995. All students who are enrolled in a training or work-study program may now enter into a contract for the occupation, under conditions set forth...
Brazil Rss
A bill has been proposed in Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies to create the National Policy for Disassembly and Refurbishment of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE), with a view to facilitating for Brazilians, the acquisition and use of informati...
On August 2, 2017, the Ministry of the Environment’s National Agency of Waters (ANA) approved Resolution No. 1470, which provides for conditions of use of resources in the Cocorobó Reservoir and in the Vaza-Barris River. Under the Resolution, the ...
On July 4, 2017, the Senate Plenary for Brazil adopted the text of the Minamata Convention on Mercury (PSD 114/2017), which establishes strict criteria for the elimination of the use of mercury. Parties to the Convention recognize that mercury is ...
The Senate of Brazil’s Committee of Social Affairs has approved a proposal (PLS 217/2012) that environmental impact studies of works with degradation potential should also consider social aspects in their assessments. Currently, the text of the pr...
The Brazilian National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (Inmetro) has launched the Brazilian Platform of Voluntary Norms of Sustainability (VSS) also known as Private Standards (PS). The Brazilian Committee on Technical Barriers to T...
Czech Republic Rss
The Parliament for the Czech Republic adopted the Act amending Act No. 435/2004 Coll., On Employment. Under the amendment, language is added to provide that the right to employment cannot be denied to a citizen on the grounds of sex, sexual orient...
Denmark Rss
The Danish Environmental Protection Agency is consulting on whether changes should be made to the Waste Order. Proposals must be sent to mikcl@mst.dk no later than September 1, 2017.   Additional information: http://mst.dk/affald-jord/affald...
Denmark has updated an executive order, authorizing a number of fluorinated gases that were prohibited to be used as refrigerants. With the amended executive order, new types of hydrofluorcarbon (HFC) and hydrofluoroolefin (HFO) gases are permitte...
Ecuador Rss
The Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy of Ecuador and the Inter-American Development Bank have received approval and published the National Energy Efficiency Plan of Ecuador (PLANEE) for 2016-2035. The PLANEE establishes a foundation for...
Estonia Rss
The Environmental Charges Act for Estonia was recently amended. The newest amendments entered into force on June 4, 2017. First, the new amendments add particles as a category of pollutants, requiring a pollution charge if emitted from a stationar...
The Employment Contracts Act for Estonia was recently amended. The purpose of the Act is to ensure the protection of employees against discrimination through following the principle of equal treatment and the promotion of equality. The newest amen...
The Government of Estonia has recently amended the Industrial Emissions Act. The purpose of the Act is to achieve high levels of environmental protection through the minimization of emissions into air, water, and soil and to limit the generation o...
Spain Rss
Spain has released a draft Royal Decree, with the objective of developing its air quality and atmosphere protection law. The Royal Decree notes which activities are potentially polluting to the atmosphere, as well as pollution prevention and emiss...
Finland Rss
The Finnish Minister of Housing, Energy and Environment recently released a governmental decree on the procedure for Environmental Impact Assessment completion and submission (FI277/2017). The decree follows the release of the Environmental Impact...
The Minister of Agriculture and Environment recently released the Act on Environmental Impact Assessment Procedure (FI252/2017), which seeks to promote environmental impact assessment (EIA) and uniform assessment in planning and decision making, w...
The Minister of Housing, Energy and Environment recently promulgated a government decree that repeals Government Decision No. 366/1994 on Quality Standards and Monitoring of Surface Water Intended for the Production of Drinking Water. Coming into ...
The Finnish Ministry of the Environment just concluded a public comment period on a draft government bill amending the Waste Act (FI646/2011). The proposed amendments more clearly define municipalities’ waste management services responsibilities, ...
Finland’s Act on the Safe Handling and Storage of Dangerous Chemicals and Explosives (FI390/2005) was amended on April 7, 2017, with changes made to Sections 3 and 128a. Act No. 200/2017, which aims to prevent and combat personal, environmental, a...
Finland’s Act 557/2017 was published on August 11, 2017, amending Article 159 (on qualifications required for the ozone depletion substances and certain fluorinated greenhouse gases) and Article 195 (on appeals in certain cases) of the Environment...
Finland’s Decree 584/2017 was published on August 24, 2017, amending Decree 713/2014 on Environmental Protection (FI713/2014), with changes to Section 1 (on permits to be processed by the State environmental permit authority) and Section 2 (on per...
Finland’s Chemicals Act (FI599/2013), which aims to protect the health and the environment from the dangers of chemicals, was amended on April 7, 2017, with changes to Section 14 on the armed forces. Act 199/2017 entered into force on April 17, 20...
Finland’s Emissions Trading Act (FI311/2011), which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in a cost-effective and economical manner, was amended on June 28, 2017. Act 466/2017, which amends Articles 67 and 73 of the previous Act, became effectiv...
which aims to promote mining activities and to ensure that said activities are socially, economically, and ecologically sustainable. Changes were made to Sections 44, 46, 67, 68, 72, 93, 119, 121, 123, and 165, and became effective on June 1, 2017...
Finland’s Government Decree 286/2017, amending Section 37 of the Government Decree on the safe use and inspection of work equipment (FI403/2008), was published on May 11, 2017, and applies to the use and inspection of the machinery and equipment, ...
Finland’s Act 507/2017 was published on June 28, 2017, amending the Vehicles Act (F1090/2002), and repealing Decree 1248/2002 on the structure and equipment of cars and trailers, and Decree 257/2009 on the demonstration of the conformity of the br...
Finland’s Act 172/2017 was published on March 24, 2017, amending Sections 32 and 33 of the Radiation Act (FI592/1991), which applies to the use of radiation and other activities that cause, or may cause, exposure to radiation that is harmful to hu...
Finland’s Act 424/2017 amends Section 38 (on international rescue operations) of the Rescue Act (FI379/2011), which aims to improve people’s safety and reduce accidents, and to ensure that people are rescued, in the event of an accident, and that ...
Lithuania Rss
The Republic of Lithuania has amended the Law on Renewable Energy to expand its capacity to generate power through renewable resources. The amendments open the door for the development and operation of renewable energy power plants in the country’...
The Republic of Lithuania has updated the list of goods to which the country’s energy efficiency requirements apply during public procurement. The list includes products from household appliances to biomass boilers, and lists the specific paramete...
Mexico Rss
The Government of Mexico has adopted an agreement establishing a workplace health and safety reporting system. The purpose of the agreement is to create a system for employers to declare to the Labor Authority, under protest of truth, the level...
The United Mexican States’ National Agency of Industrial Safety and Protection of the Environment of the Hydrocarbons Sector has issued Guidelines for the formation, implementation and authorization of the Systems of Administration of Industrial S...
Peru Rss
The Peruvian Ministry of Environment has published its approval for the Plan of Action to implement the Recommendations of the Environmental Performance Assessment of Peru. The recommendations include methods of environmental performance monitorin...
On July 6, 2017, the Peruvian Ministry of the Environment’s National Environmental Certification Service for Sustainable Investments (Senace) announced that it had developed a “Checklist” tool to optimize the identification of the most relevant en...
Saudi Arabia Rss
The Ministry of Water, Environment and Agriculture for Saudi Arabia has announced plans to establish three new wastewater treatment facilities. The proposed facilities will be located in Jeddah and Dammam. The Ministry will work with three global ...
Thailand Rss
On August 3, 2017, the Department of Labor Protection and Welfare of Thailand published a notification on concentration limits of dangerous chemicals in the workplace and hazardous chemical storage facilities. The notification lists concentration ...
United States Rss
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is proposing to extend the deadline by which all crane operators must be certified from November 10, 2017 to November 17, 2018. As a stopgap measure, employers must ensure that their crane operator...
The Environmental Protection Agency is requesting comments on the following changes to the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for the Manufacture of Amino/Phenolic Resins: Amended maximum achievable control technology (...
The Department of Energy is extending the comment period regarding the potential amendment  of existing test procedures for small electric motors and the whether there is a need for new test procedures for motors currently out of federal scope. ...
The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Army will hold ten weekly themed teleconferences to gather recommendations for the new definition of “Waters of the United States”, a term that sets the scope of the water bodies that a...
The Environmental Protection Agency will hold two meetings to discuss a proposal to limit chemical data reporting requirements for manufacturers of inorganic byproduct chemical substances in the event that these substances are recycled, reused, or...
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is putting in place a retrospective and prospective electronic notification system for chemicals in the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Inventory of chemical substances. Chemical manufacturers and i...
Alberta Rss
Employers, organizations, and other interested parties should be aware that the Alberta Ministry of Labour is reviewing the province’s occupational health and safety (OHS) legislation and is requesting input. The review aims to improve current ...
Ontario Rss
Changes to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) Rate Framework that were to come into force on January 1, 2019, will now come into force on January 1, 2020. These changes affect the General - Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 ...
Quebec Rss
New standards recently came into force, setting out special requirements for low-speed vehicles on public roads. These new standards apply to fully electric vehicles with a maximum speed between 32 and 40 km/h travelling on public roadways with a ...
Entities in the mining and petroleum sectors should be aware that new reporting requirements are now in force. The new requirements establish a procedure for large companies in the mining, oil and gas extraction sectors to declare to the Autorité ...
Canada Rss
The federal framework of penalties for environmental offences continues to be implemented, with the introduction of new fines and sentencing provisions as well as penalties for noncompliance with environmental requirements. These changes were p...