United States Federal Environmental Updates

Argentina Rss
  A draft law “Establishing the Minimum Environmental Protection Budgets, for the Management of Electronic Appliances (AEE) and Waste of Electrical and Electronic Appliances (WEEE) has been proposed to the Senate of Argentina. This bill would s...
Austria Rss
The Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (BMLFUW) for Austria held an assessment period for an Ordinance, which would amend the Ordinance on the Prohibition of Chemicals 2003, the Solvents Ordinance 2005, and...
The Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy for Austria has issued the Aerosol Dispensing Regulation 2017 (the Regulation). The Regulation applies to the manufacture, equipment, marking, testing and marketing of aerosol dispensers. Howev...
The Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy for Austria has issued an ordinance on aerosols, the Aerosol Dispensing Regulation 2017. The Regulation applies to the manufacture, equipment, marking, testing and marketing of aerosol dispense...
Australia Rss
The Department of Health’s National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) of Australia has issued a call for information on decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE). In June 2005, decaBDE was declared a priority existing chemic...
On March 24, 2017, the Department of the Environment and Energy for Australia published a Discussion Paper to review the country’s climate change policies. The Discussion Paper can be found on the Department website and is open for public consulta...
The House of Representatives of the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia has been presented the Petroleum and Other Fuels Reporting (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2017. This bill would enable the Australian Comp...
The House of Representatives of the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia has been presented the Petroleum and Other Fuels Reporting Bill 2017. This bill would establish a mandatory reporting regime for fuel information, which will be used t...
On March 28, 2017, the Department of the Environment and Energy for Australia closed a consultation period on changes to Cost Recovery under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). This consultation period fol...
Brazil Rss
The National Sanitary Surveillance Agency for Brazil published a resolution to prohibit the manufacture, import, and marketing of health instruments that contain mercury. These instruments include thermometers and sphygmomanometers (blood pressure...
Colombia Rss
  The Ministry of Transport for Colombia has issued Decree No. 602 of 6 April, 2017, regarding disaster risk in the transportation sector (the Decree). The Decree establishes that citizens and individuals must act in accordance with the princip...
Czech Republic Rss
On February 21, 2017, the Parliament of the Czech Republic accepted Law No. 89/2017 Coll. amending the Law No. 73/2012 Coll., on substances that deplete the ozone layer and fluorinated greenhouse gases (GHG). The law becomes effective April 1, 201...
On March 8, 2017, the Parliament of the Czech Republic adopted Law No. 93/2017 Coll., amending Act No. 435/2004 Coll., on employment and labor inspection. The law becomes effective April 1, 2017. The newly adopted law amends the Employment Act by ...
The Ministry of the Environment for the Czech Republic has issued a Decree Amending the Decree No. 330/2012 Coll., On the assessment and evaluation of pollution levels, the extent of informing the public about the level of pollution during smog ep...
On March 8, 2017, the Parliament of the Czech Republic adopted the Act Amending Act No. 165/2012 Coll., On supported energy sources and amending certain acts, as amended. The Law became effective on April 5, 2017, the date of its publication.  ...
Germany Rss
The Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation, Construction and Reactor Safety for Germany has issued a Regulation Implementing Directive 2014/99/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council, which amends and adapts regulations ...
The German Government has adopted and published the Act Amending the Closed Substance Cycle Act (DE2012Feb24) and the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act (DE2005Mar16). This Act implements Directive 2008/98/EC of the European Parliament and of...
The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety of Germany has adopted an Ordinance on Installations for the Handling of Water-Endangering Substances. The purpose of this Regulation is to protect the aqua...
The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety of Germany has adopted the First Ordinance on the Amendment to the Groundwater Ordinance. The Groundwater Ordinance implements the European Union (EU) Groun...
The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety of Germany has issued Sixth Regulation Amending the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Ordinance (DE2013Apr19). The Regulation updates language of the ordi...
Denmark Rss
  Denmark’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued new "Guidance on classification of hazardous waste" for use by municipalities and companies to classify waste as hazardous or non-hazardous. The old EPA guide from 2002 ("Guidelines f...
Denmark has opened a consultation on the termination of aerosolbekendtgørelsen, which includes a general prohibition of substances used as propellants and solvents in aerosol containers. The reason for deleting the Order is that its purpose was or...
Denmark consulted on amending the Heavy Metal Order to implement Commission Directive 2016/774 /EU of 18 May 2016 amending Annex II of the European Parliament and Council Directive 2000/53 / EC on end of life vehicles. The Directive prohibits the ...
Denmark has opened a consultation concerning the termination of the Decree banning the poisons in some heating systems. The purpose of the regulation is to prohibit the use of poisons in some heating systems and to avoid the use of hydrazine as an...
The Danish Environmental Protection Agency (DEPA) has issued new guidance, "Guidance on classification of hazardous waste", for use by municipalities and companies to classify waste as hazardous or non-hazardous. The new guidance applies the new r...
Spain Rss
The Ministry of the President and for the Territorial Administrations of Spain has issued Order PRA/329/2017, of 7 April, amending Annexes II and IV of Royal Decree 219/2013 of 22 March, on restrictions on the use of certain hazardous substances i...
European Union Rss
On March 22, 2017, the European Commission adopted Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/542, which amends Regulation (EC) No. 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on classification, labeling and packaging of substances and mixtures (...
On March 29, 2017, the European Commission issued Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/605, which amends Annex VI to Regulation (EC) No. 1005/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council on substances that deplete the ozone layer (1005/2009(EC))....
The European Commission adopted Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2017/695 of 7 April 2017 (the Decision), which authorizes European Union (EU) Member States to adopt certain derogations pursuant to Directive 2008/68/EC of the European Parliam...
On April 3, 2017, the European Union’s (EU) Council of Ministers issued Council Decision (EU) 2017/674. The Decision requires that the EU adopt the amendments of the Rotterdam Convention on the prior informed consent procedure for certain hazardou...
The European Commission opened a consultation period on o-Phenylphenol, Sodium o-phenylphenate, Potassium o-phenylphenate, and MEA o-phenylphenate in the framework of Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009. The consultation period opened on April 11, 2017 ...
The European Commission opened a consultation period on o-Phenylphenol, Sodium o-phenylphenate, Potassium o-phenylphenate, and MEA o-phenylphenate in the framework of Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009. The consultation period opened on April 11, 2017,...
The Council of the European Union has issued Council Decision (EU) 2017/758 of 25 April 2017 on the position to be adopted, on behalf of the European Union, at the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention on Pers...
The European Commission has issued Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/706 of 19 April 2017 amending Annex VII to Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of...
France Rss
France has amended the Environmental Code with regard to the management of end of life vehicles. Under the Decree No. 2017-675 of 28 April 2017, Article R. 543-154 is supplemented by a sentence which states: "The end-of-life vehicle is a waste wit...
  France’s Decree No. 2017-849 of 9 May 2017, amending the regulatory provisions of the Environmental Code relating to installations referred to in Annex I to Directive 2010/75/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 November 201...
United Kingdom Rss
  The Government of the United Kingdom enacted the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Act 2017. This Act conferred power on the Prime Minister to notify the United Kingdom’s intention to withdraw from the European Union (EU).      A...
The Government of the United Kingdom issued the Water Act 2014 (Consequential Amendments etc.) Order 2017 (UK2014No.21). This Order makes changes to the water supply licensing regime in England and Wales and creates a new sewerage licensing regime...
  The National Assembly for Wales has adopted the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Wales) Regulations 2017 (UK2017No.567). The Regulations were laid before the National Assembly on April 24, 2017 and entered into for...
The Secretary of State for the United Kingdom has issued the Pollution Prevention and Control (Fees) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2017 (UK2017No.404). These Regulations were laid before Parliament on March 16, 2017, and entered into forc...
Ireland Rss
The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment for Ireland has launched a statutory public consultation on the country’s first National Mitigation Plan (NMP). This plan was prepared according to the provisions of the Climate Acti...
The Government of Ireland through Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, has issued the Statistics (Waste Generation and Treatment Survey) Order 2017. The Order requires specific information regarding waste generation to be provided. This information includes: wa...
Israel Rss
The Government of Israel has adopted amendments to the Emergency Labor Service Law, the National Fire and Rescue Authority Law, and the National Insurance Law through the Civil Service Law. These laws were adopted by the Knesset—Israel’s unicamera...
India Rss
India has clarified that it is mandatory on the part of employers to extend the benefit of enhanced maternity leave to those women workers who were already on maternity leave on the date of enforcement of the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act, 201...
Italy Rss
The Italian Government has issued Legislative Decree 10 February 2017, No. 28 (the Decree). The Decree regards the discipline penalties for breaching the provisions of Regulation (EU) No. 649/2012, concerning the export and import of dangerous che...
The Italian Government has issued Legislative Decree 17 February 2017, No. 41 (the Decree). The Decree establishes provisions for the harmonization of national legislation on noise pollution with Directive 2000/14/EC and Regulation (EC) No. 765/20...
The Italian Government has issued Legislative Decree 10 February 2017, No. 28 (the Decree). The Decree regards the discipline penalties for breaching the provisions of Regulation (EU) No. 649/2012, concerning the export and import of dangerous che...
South Korea Rss
The Ministry of Environment for South Korea (MoE) has designated 23 substances under the Toxic Chemical Substance List (TCSL) (KR2014No.238). The MoE published this decision via MoE Announcment No. 2017-76. The list of 23 toxic substances can be f...
   The Ministry of Environment for South Korea (MoE) has adopted a partial amendment to the Waste Management Act (KR2010No.10389) (the Act), regarding waste and disposal facilities. On April 18, 2017, the MoE amended several articles about        ...
Lithuania Rss
On March 22, 2017, the Ministry of Environment for Lithuania issued an Order approving the Asbestos Removal Action Plan. The Order became effective on March 23, 2017. The purpose of the Plan is to identify and remove asbestos-containing products f...
The Lithuanian Ministry of Environment has issued an amendment to the 2001 28 September Order No. 486 “On Special Conditions for Large Combustion Plants.” The 2017 Amendment changes the preamble of the 2001 Order. Specifically, the amended preambl...
The Government of the Republic of Lithuania has issued Resolutions No. I-2223 32 and 33. These Resolutions approve the Lithuanian Republic Law on Environmental Protection and authorize the Minister of Environment under the draft law of the Seimas....
Latvia Rss
The Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development for the Republic of Latvia issued an ongoing public consultation on the development of the Radioactive Waste Management Environmental Report project. The Radioactive Waste Managemen...
The Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development (VARAM) of the Republic of Latvia prepared a draft law on the Paris Agreement, which is an intergovernmental treaty to limit climate change and the effects of climate change. On Feb...
The Ministry of Welfare for Latvia has planned amendments to the Labor Law that would modify employee compensation. The proposed Bill introduces amendments to change the law governing employees performing overtime work and employees dismissed from...
Mexico Rss
The Federal Commissioner for Protection Against Sanitary Risks and the President of the National Advisory Committee for Standardization of Regulation and Health Promotion for Mexico has issued Mexican Official Standard NOM-125-SSA1-2016, which est...
The Federal Commissioner for Protection Against Sanitary Risks and the President of the National Advisory Committee for Standardization of Regulation and Health Promotion for Mexico has issued Mexican Official Standard NOM-125-SSA1-2016, which est...
Norway Rss
The Ministry of Transport for Norway has promulgated Regulations Amending the Driving License Regulations, Emergency Regulations and Driver Regulations. The Ministry adopted these amended Regulations on March 7, 2017, pursuant to the Act of June 1...
The Ministry of Climate and Environment for Norway has adopted an Environment Directorate to amend the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Regulation of 30 May 2008. The new amendments approve the use of fo...
On March 18, 2017, the Ministry of Climate and Environment and the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of Norway adopted an amendment to the Regulation on Biocides. The amendment changes Regulations 10 April 2014 No. 548 on biocides. Specificall...
The Ministry of Climate and Environment for Norway has issued amendments to the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Regulation of 30 May 2008. The new amendments approve the use of 1,2-dichloroethane by Lab...
On April 18, 2017, the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs adopted amendments to regulations concerning the design and organization of work places and premises. The new regulations amend the regulation of 6 December 2011 No. 1356 on the same topi...
The Ministry of Transport for Norway has promulgated Regulations Amending the Driving License Regulations, Emergency Regulations, and Driver Regulations. The Ministry adopted these amended Regulations on March 7, 2017, pursuant to the Act of June ...
New Zealand Rss
The Environmental Protection Authority for New Zealand issued the Hazardous Substances (Chlorothalonil Containing Substances Direction Prohibiting Use and Controlling Storage and Disposal) Notice 2017 (NZ2017No.1524). The notice was made pursuant ...
The Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment has been tasked with administering the Regulatory Systems (Workplace Relations) Amendment Act 2017. Part Two of the Act comes into force on June 1, 2017, while the rest of the Act entered into f...
Panama Rss
Panama’s Ministry of the Environment issued Executive Decree No. 4 of February 1, 2017, governing the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) in the national territory. The overall objective of the Strategic Environmental Assessment is to incorpo...
Peru Rss
The Ministry of Energy and Mines for Peru has established energy efficient labeling for energy equipment. In addition, the Ministry has established technical requirements and the energy efficiency ranges for such equipment. The President approved ...
The Ministry of Health for Peru approved Technical Document: Ocular Health Policy Guidelines and Prevention of Avoidable Blindness. The Ministry of Health is the technical body responsible for directing and coordinating strategic interventions for...
Poland Rss
Poland’s recent employment law reforms contain a new list of jobs that are detrimental to women's health, which include jobs prohibited for pregnant and breast-feeding employees. The regulation, including the new list, came into effect on May 1, 2...
Sweden Rss
The Ministry of the Environment and Energy for Sweden has adopted Electrical Safety Regulation (2017:218). The Regulation repeals: Installers Regulation (1990:806), Regulation on Electrical Equipment (1993:1068) and Power Regulation (2009:22). The...
Thailand Rss
The Ministry of Public Health for Thailand has promulgated ministerial regulations on General Waste Management (TH2017Apr19) (the Regulation). The Regulation will come into force 180 days after its publication in the Government Gazette. Disposal o...
Turkey Rss
On April 7, 2017, the Ministry of Environment and Urbanism for Turkey published Related Regulation on Ozone Layer in the Official Newspaper. The Regulation entered into force on the date of its publication. Provisions of the Regulation are execute...
Taiwan Rss
The Ministry of the Interior amends the venue plate and install points specifications of the following six categories of public hazardous goods (TW2006Apr11): Oxidizing solids; Flammable solids; Combustible liquids, solids, and water res...
In accordance with the Toxic Chemicals Management Regulations , the EPA has amended the charts in Operation and Management of Toxic Chemicals regarding asbestos. The amendment specifically focuses on the production and use of asbestos in brake lin...
Venezuela Rss
The Venezuelan Government has seized the General Motors (GM) automobile plant located in the country. The seizure is one of many authorized by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who has nationalized large portions of the country’s economy. Gover...
Vietnam Rss
The Prime Minister of Vietnam has approved the Vietnam Environmental Industry Project to 2025. The purpose of the Project is to develop the environmental industry and incorporate it into the economic sector. The Project will develop waste treatmen...
The Prime Minister for the Socialist Republic of Vietnam issued Decision No. 419/QD-TTg, which approves the National Global Reduction Program on Reducing Greenhouse Gases Through Forest Loss and Degradation (the REDD + Program). The purpose of thi...
On April 14, 2017, the Minister of Science and Technology of Vietnam issued the Decree No. 43/2017/ND-CP on the Labeling of Goods (VN2017No.43). The Decree prescribes the contents and ways of recording goods labels circulated in Vietnam. Under the...
South Africa Rss
On May 10, 2017, the Department of Water and Sanitation for South Africa issued a government notice in the Government Gazette regarding a water shortage in the Western Cape Water Supply System (WCWSS). The WCWSS includes several dams located in th...
United States Rss
The Department of Homeland Security would like to exempt more of their system of records from the Privacy Act. A system of records is a group of any identifying records/information under the control of a government agency and the Privacy Act contr...
The Fish and Wildlife Service has reopened the comment period for the following proposals: Listing Guadalupe fescue (Festuca ligulata) as endangered; Designating Guadalupe fescue (Festuca ligulata) critical habitat; Reclassifying Tobusch...
Amendments to Risk Management Program regulations have been delayed. The effective date of the revisions, which contain changes to chemical accident prevention program requirements; enhancements to emergency preparedness requirements; increased...
The Environmental Protection Agency is requesting comments on petitions filed regarding the establishment or modification of regulations for pesticide residues found in or on various commodities. Comments are being accepted until July 10, 2017....
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing that persons who intend to manufacture, import, or process a bimodal mixture consisting of multi-walled carbon nanotubes and other classes of carbon nanotubes for an activity that is designate...
The Department of Transportation is proposing to waive the requirements for obtaining a commercial driver’s license for people recently employed in a military position requiring the operation of a commercial motor vehicle (within the last year). ...
The Environmental Protection Agency has delayed the effective date of changes to the certification requirements for applicators of restricted use pesticides to May 22, 2018. More information is available here. Applies to 40CFR-171
The Fish and Wildlife Service is requesting comments on whether the Texas hornshell (Popenaias popeii) should be listed as an endangered species. Written comments will be accepted until June 29, 2017. More information is available here. Appl...
The Department of Energy has set the compliance date for the new energy conservation standards regarding residential air conditioners and heat pumps to January 1, 2023. More information is available here. Applies to 10CFR-430
The Department of Energy has set the compliance date for new energy conservation standards regarding refrigeration products to October 28, 2019. More information is available here. Applies to 10CFR-430  
The Department of Energy has set the compliance date for the new energy conservation standards regarding dedicated-purpose pool pumps to July 19, 2021. More information is available here. Applies to 10CFR-431
The Environmental Protection Agency is delaying the effective date of the new performance standards and emission guidelines relating to municipal solid waste landfills to August 29, 2017. More information is available here, here and here. Appli...
The Department of Transportation has delayed the effective date of changes made to minimum training requirements for entry-level commercial drivers to June 5, 2017; the largest of these changes being the completion of a prescribed program of instr...
The Fish and Wildlife service has reinstated the critical habitats of the Razorback Sucker (Xyrauchen texanus) and the Santa Ana Sucker (Catostomus santaanae). More information is available here. Applies to 50CFR-17  
The Fish and Wildlife Service is requesting comments on red wolves (Canis rufus) in North Carolina as they carry out inquiries to develop a proposed rule to revise the animal's nonessential experimental population designation. Comments are bein...
The Environmental Protection Agency has entered deliberations to determine if they will be increasing the already modified fugitive emission requirements for wellsites and compressor stations. Specifically, Well site pneumatic pumps standard...
The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking comments on the document “Guidance on EPA's Section 8(a) Information Gathering Rule on Nanomaterials in Commerce”, which relates to manufacturing, importation, and processing of nanoscale forms of cer...
The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to exclude the secondary impoundment basin solids in Beaumont, Texas, from the lists of hazardous wastes. Comments are being accepted until June 30, 2017. More information is available here. A...
The Department of Transportation has withdrawn its proposal to require states to implement annual inspection programs for commercial motor vehicles designed/used to transport people. More information is available here. Applies to 49CFR-350
The Environmental Protection Agency has delayed the effective date for reporting and recordkeeping requirements for certain chemical substances when they are manufactured or processed at the nanoscale. The effective date is delayed until August...
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has increased the maximum civil penalties for violations of federal pipeline safety laws to adjust for inflation. These changes are effective April 27, 2017. More information is availab...
The Fish and Wildlife Service has removed gray wolves (Canis lupus) in Wyoming from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. This action is effective May 1, 2017. More information is available here. Applies to 50CFR-17
The Environmental Protection Agency is delaying compliance dates that have not yet passed for 2015 amendments to effluent limitations guidelines and standards for the steam electric point source category. More information is available here. ...
Recent amendments to employers' obligations to record injuries and illnesses have been invalidated and removed. The amendments that have been removed clarified that the duty to make and maintain accurate records of work-related injuries and ill...
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced a newly established system of records and is proposing to exempt portions of the system of records from certain provisions of the Privacy Act to prevent the disclosure of information found to...
Alberta Rss
Changes have been proposed to Alberta’s employment standards that would better align the province with other Canadian jurisdictions, and that would introduce a number of new requirements. Among the proposed changes are New job-protected l...
Helmets are now required for anyone who drives, operates, rides on, or is towed by an off-highway vehicle (OHV) on public land. Exemptions apply to private property (with permission of the owner) and First Nations and Métis Settlement lands. Worke...
The enforcement procedure for minor offences recently changed in an attempt to reduce costs and processing time. These changes, which were put in place by amending The Provincial Offences Procedure Act (RSA2000,cP-34), add the options to use civil...
Manitoba Rss
Individuals and organizations should be aware that the Manitoba government is reviewing the province’s workplace safety and health framework and has requested suggestions. The review aims to: Clarify existing rules, Reduce barriers to e...
Interested individuals should be aware that the Manitoba government is requesting feedback on the freedom of information and protection of privacy framework. The legislative review of the The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act...
New South Wales Rss
The Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development for New South Wales has issued the Water Management (General) Amendment (Licenses) Regulation 2017. The Regulation was promulgated under the Water Management Act 2000 and amends the 2011 ...
Northern Ireland Rss
The Government of Northern Ireland has adopted the Water Environment (Water Framework Directive) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017 (NI2017No.81). The Regulations were made on April 28, 2017, and came into operation on May 22, 2017. The Regulatio...
Nova Scotia Rss
Requirements respecting what kinds of injuries and incidents to report, and when and how they must be reported, recently changed. In particular,  The timeline for giving notice of injuries and incidents has been  shortened from 7 days to 24 ...
Ontario Rss
Changes have been proposed to Ontario’s employment standards that would introduce significant reforms to labour and employment laws in the province. Notably, the proposed changes would Increase the minimum wage; Increase paid vacation f...
Quebec Rss
Requirements related to physiotherapy and occupational therapy in Quebec may soon change, with direct impacts on income and administration for physiotherapy and occupational therapy private clinics. In particular, the amendments would: In...
The Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change has recognized two private properties as a nature reserves under the Natural Heritage Conservation Act (RSQ,cC-61.01), s.58. The private properties concer...
The Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change has recognized a private property as a nature reserve under the Natural Heritage Conservation Act (RSQ,cC-61.01), s.58. The nature reserve is Claude-Tétra...
Queensland Rss
The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection for Queensland has issued a consultation period on End of Waste (EOW) Codes. These codes are part of the EOW Framework from Chapter 8 of the “Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011,” which prom...
The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection of Queensland will administer the new Waste Reduction and Recycling (Fees) Amendment Regulation 2017. This Regulation was made under the Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011. The amendment re...
The Department of Transport and Main Roads for Queensland has closed a public consultation on a draft Standard created by Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ). The draft will replace the Transport Operations (Marine Safety – Queensland Regulated Ships...
Saskatchewan Rss
Requirements related to management and transfer of Crown lands in Saskatchewan have changed. These changes were put in place by repealing the Provincial Lands Act (SS1978,cP-31) and the Ecological Reserves Act (SS1979-80,cE-0.01) (“the former A...
Scotland Rss
The Scottish Parliament has adopted the Marine Works (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Scotland) Regulations 2017 (SCT2017No.115). The Regulations were laid before Scottish Parliament on April 13, 2017, and came into force on May 16, 2017. The Re...
Newfoundland & Labrador Rss
Industrial facilities that emit at least 15,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (equivalent) annually are now required to report their emissions to the provincial government before June 1 of each year. This requirement applies to facilities that are i...
Certain three-wheeled motor vehicles, which have steering wheels and open occupant compartments, are now required to meet the same safety and licensing standards as other on-road motor vehicles. These changes were put in place by amending the H...
Impaired driving rules will soon be expanded, in particular by amending the Highway Traffic Act (RSNL1990,cH-3), as follows: Drivers under 22 years old will be required to maintain a blood alcohol content (BAC) of zero per cent; Roadside i...
Canada Rss
New requirements concerning releases of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) at petroleum refineries, upgraders, and petrochemical facilities may soon come into force. These requirements would be implemented through the proposed Regulations Respec...
Certain cobalt and cobalt-containing substances may soon be regulated as toxic substances in Canada. The Government of Canada has determined, based on recent screening assessments of 50 substances included in the cobalt and cobalt-containing su...
A marine protected area ("MPA") has recently been established for St. Anns Bank in Nova Scotia, east of Cape Breton. A MPA is a conservation zone where most commercial activities are prohibited. Marine organisms and their habitat, including the...
Oil tankers may soon be prohibited from stopping or unloading crude oil at ports along British Columbia’s north coast. In more detail, a moratorium has been proposed on crude oil tankers on the north coast northern part of British Columbia’s co...
New requirements concerning hydrocarbon emissions from upstream activities in the oil and gas sector may soon come into force. These requirements would be implemented through the proposed Regulations Respecting Reduction in the Release of Metha...
Changes to the regulatory framework with respect to pest control, especially unregistered foreign products, recently came into force. These changes are implemented through amendments to the Pest Control Products Regulations (SOR/2006-124) (the ...
Two liquefied petroleum gases may soon be regulated as toxic substances in Canada. The Government of Canada has determined, based on recent screening assessments of two liquefied petroleum gases (LPGs), that they meet the criteria for a "toxic ...
The notification requirements for 10 substances have changed. Order 2017-87-04-01 amends the Domestic Substances List (DSL) by adding 10 substances, making them generally no longer subject to the notification and assessment requirements. How...
A suite of legislation in Canada recently changed to facilitate the implementation of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union and its member states. In particular, the changes provide for: ...
Following a draft screening assessment conducted on four substances found in the ethylene diaminetetraacetic acid ("EDTA") and its salts group, listed on the Domestic Substances List (DSL), the Minister of the Environment and the Minister of Healt...