United States Federal Environmental Updates

Australia Rss
The Australian Water Act (Act No. 137 of 2007) was most recently amended on May 23, 2017, to incorporate changes to Sub-clause 5(2) of Schedule 1, as stipulated by the Water Amendment (Murray-Darling Basin Agreement) Regulations 2017.   Addi...
Belgium Rss
Belgium’s Department of Environment is consulting on a draft to amend the supplementary environmental conditions in Title III of the VLAREM added for the following IPPC installations:   The common treatment and management of wastewater an...
China Rss
The State Administration of Work Safety released a draft of the 2017 Safety and Occupational Health Supervision and Inspection Priority List, and is seeking consultation from the public. The list names various industries, including non-metal mines...
Germany Rss
On June 1, 2017, Germany’s latest Waste Disposal Ordinance went into effect. The ordinance regulates requirements for waste disposal companies and operates under section 56(2) of the Closed Substance Cycle and Waste Management Act. Under the Ordin...
On June 1, 2017, the German Government’s Ordinance on Waste Management Officers (Waste Dispatchers Ordinance) took effect. The Ordinance regulates the obligation and limitations on appointing waste officers. In addition, the Ordinance regulates th...
On June 1, 2017, the German Government’s Second Ordinance on the Continued Development of Waste Management (Second Remediation Ordinance) became valid; with the exception of three articles, which will enter into force over the following two years....
On June 1, 2017, the German Government’s Law Amending the Closed Substance Cycle Act and the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act became valid. The purpose of the new law was to transpose Directive 2008/98/EC of the European Parliament and of t...
Denmark Rss
Denmark has opened a consultation on a law amending the law on the arrangement of certain products (Consequential amendments due to EU regulations on cableway and personal protective equipment, etc.) where certain products are corrected in the cur...
European Union Rss
The objective of the call for comments is to gather information on the contents of PAHs in articles currently on the market and possible substitutions for PAHs. Articles containing PAHs are restricted from being placed on the market to the general...
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has opened a public consultation period to obtain information regarding the current uses of Octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4) and Decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5). D4 is persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (...
The Council of the European Union issued Council Decision (EU) 2017/939 of 11 May 2017 on the conclusion on behalf of the European Union on the Minamata Convention on Mercury. This Council Decision approves the text and recognizes the binding forc...
On May 19, 2017, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union published its Regulation (EU) 2017/821 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 May 2017 laying down supply chain due diligence obligations for Union importe...
The European Union has passed a new regulation concerning the use, storage, and trade of mercury and products containing mercury or mercury compounds, including waste. The regulation first acknowledges the harmful effects of mercury on human healt...
Hong Kong SAR China Rss
The government of Hong Kong has released amendments to the Road Traffic Regulation, focusing on registration and licensing of vehicles as well as expressway rules. Specifically, Schedule 7 is amended in regard to permitted traffic areas, and chang...
Indonesia Rss
  On May 8, 2017, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry for Indonesia promulgated a Regulation on the Management of Complaints of Suspected Pollutants, Environmental Destruction and Degradation of Forests. This Regulation follows a series of...
Ireland Rss
The Minister of Transport, Tourism and Sport recently announced the addition of amendments to the Directive 2008/68/EC of the European Parliament, which relates to the transport of dangerous goods on railways.  The amendments are titled the Europe...
Ireland has set the requirements for making available on the market, and putting into service, pressure equipment. It provides health and safety regulations related to the design and construction of pressure equipment. These regulations revoke the...
  The Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government for Ireland held a public consultation period on the transposition of Directive 2014/52/EU amending Directive 2011/92/EU on the assessment of the effects of certain public an...
Peru Rss
The Peruvian Ministry of Environment (MINAM) approved a new regulation on April 29 that modernizes the organizational structure for working on many important environmental issues. This includes the use of General Directorates to improve efficiency...
Philippines Rss
The President of the Philippines issued Executive Order No. 26 Providing for the Establishment of Smoke-Free Environments in Public and Enclosed Places (the Order). The Order emphasizes the country’s dedication to protecting the public health and ...
On May 22, 2017, Senator Emmanuel Joel Villanueva went before the Senate of the Philippines and sponsored the plenary Senate Bill (SB) No. 1317 or the proposed Occupational Safety and Health Standard Act (the Act). The goal of the Act is to ensure...
Sweden Rss
The Swedish Chemicals Agency (KEMI) has issued revised rules on the licensing of particularly dangerous chemicals. These changes entered into force on June 1, 2017, and update the Swedish Chemicals Inspectorate regulations KIFS 2008:2 of the rules...
Thirty-Seven Swedish government agencies and research institutions have signed letters of intent to increase their cooperation in fighting issues relating to highly fluorinated substances (PFAS). The signing of the intent letters signifies each or...
Turkey Rss
The Turkish government has published a regulation updating the waste incineration regime and amending existing related regulations. Wood waste has been made exempt from Regulation No. 27721 on Waste Incineration, and new measures for energy recove...
The Strategic Environmental Assessment Regulation, published by the Turkish government, entered into effect on April 8, 2017. It provides a procedural framework for applying sustainable development principles in the creation and execution of proje...
Turkey’s Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA) published a new regulation on tenders relating to pre-license applications to develop a wind or solar farm. This regulation replaces the one on the same topic published in 2013, and amends the old...
Taiwan Rss
The EPA released a draft on an amendment to the Water Discharge Standard and is seeking consultation from related entities. In order to better control water discharge that has contributed to farmland pollution near industrial parks, the draft prov...
Amendments have been made to Articles 38 and 53 in the Waste Cleanliness Act. Article 38 states that the local authorities must approve all import, export, and transfer of industrial wastes. Industrial wastes that could cause severe human or envir...
South Africa Rss
The South African Minister of Environmental Affairs, Bomo Edith Edna Molewa, announced the beginning of a public consultation to consider the withdrawal of the Integrated Industry Waste Tire Management Plan, which is part of the Recycling and E...
On June 2, 2017, in the Government Gazette, the Department of Environmental Affairs for South Africa published a call for public comments on the Proposed Regulations to Exclude Waste Streams from the Definition of Waste. Under the Proposed Regulat...
United States Rss
The Department of Energy (DOE) is requesting feedback on new test procedures for certain varieties of compressors. Comments, data, and information regarding the compressor test procedure will be accepted until September 11, 2017. DOE will not s...
The Department of Energy has postponed certain provisions relating to central air conditioners and heat pumps. Specifically, the effectiveness of two provisions of a recently issued rule were postponed; these provisions require outdoor unit mod...
The Department of Homeland Security has updated applicable regulations to exempt portions of a system of records from certain provisions of the Privacy Act. These exemptions apply to the “Department of Homeland Security/United States Coast Guard-0...
The Department of Energy has released a list of energy conservation standards for walk-in cooler and freezer refrigeration systems. The effective date of this release is September 8, 2017. Compliance with the standards is required on and after ...
The Environmental Protection Agency has released data on emission allowance allocations for energy-generating units that have the potential to create pollution that traverses state lines.  The EPA will consider objections to the information if ...
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed to revoke recent changes made to standards affecting work exposure to beryllium and beryllium compounds in the construction and shipyard sectors, except for The new lower permiss...
The Environmental Protection Agency has established fees related to the provision of loans to eligible water infrastructure projects. This is effective June 28, 2017. More information is available here. Applies to 40CFR-35
The Department of Energy has requested comments and information to help them consider whether to amend their test procedures for domestic-use refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, and freezers. Comments and information will be accepted on or be...
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has reorganised, clarified, and updated its procedures for investigation of transportation accidents (except marine casualty investigations). The NTSB has also requested comments on new rules for mar...
The Fish and Wildlife Service will soon remove the grizzly bears (Ursus arctos horribilis) located in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem from the list of endangered or threatened wildlife and add a supplement to the 1993 Recovery Plan to reflect th...
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed to delay the date by which employers have to submit information from their completed 2016 Form 300A to OSHA electronically to December 1, 2017. Form 300A contains an annual work...
The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to allow the conditions outlined by ASTM International regarding the Phase I Environmental Site Assessment process for forestland/rural property to satisfy the Comprehensive Environmental Response, ...
The Fish and Wildlife Service will reintroduce the Oregon silverspot butterfly (Speyeria zerene hippolyta), a threatened species, to two sites in northwestern Oregon: the Saddle Mountain State Natural Area in Clatsop County and the Nestucca Bay Na...
The Fish and Wildlife Service has removed the Hualapai Mexican vole (Microtus mexicanus hualpaiensis) from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. This removal is effective July 24, 2017. More information is available here. A...
The Environmental Protection Agency has eliminated the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of cumene sulfonic acid and its ammonium, calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium and zinc salts when used as an inert ingredient in pe...
The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing delays to the effective date of the following aspects of methane emissions standards for new, reconstructed, and modified sources in the oil and natural gas sector: Fugitive emissions requirem...
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...
Alberta Rss
The Alberta Veterinary Medical Association Council Guidelines are now available here.  The Guidelines approved as the expected professional standard to which members are expected to abide are Consultation/Referral or Owner Initiated Secon...
Employers and other interested parties should be aware that Alberta’s employment standards will soon change to better align the province with other Canadian jurisdictions, and to introduce a number of new requirements. The changes include: ...
Legislation that grants powers to municipalities in Alberta continues to change. Notably, the latest round of changes to the Municipal Government Act (RSA2000,cM-26) Modifies existing municipal powers and increases government transparency...
Manitoba Rss
Goose Islands and Grand Island, which are located in the north basin of Lake Winnipegosis north of Dauphin, Manitoba, have been designated as natural provincial parks. Goose Islands and Grand Island classification as park reserves under the Par...
Employers and other interested parties should be aware that new conditions related to minimum wage determination are now in place. The minimum wage will be adjusted on October 1 of every year to reflect increases in the Consumer Price Index for...
Landowners and land occupants in Manitoba should be aware that new management rules are now in place for noxious weeds. The new rules, which were implemented via The Noxious Weeds Act (CCSMcN110), modify control and destruction requirements bas...
New South Wales Rss
The Protection of the Environment Legislation Miscellaneous Amendments Bill 2017 was passed by both Houses of the New South Wales Parliament, on May 24, 2017. The Bill seeks to make amendments to several pieces of environmental legislation:   ...
Ontario Rss
The Ontario Building Code, 2012 (O.Reg.332/12) recently changed to set out specific construction requirements for new retirement homes and to facilitate the construction of newly built houses with secondary suites. More changes have been finali...
Following the recent release of the updated Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, legislation related to that plan has been amended to accommodate the updates and to co-ordinate with other growth plans. The legislation affected is the Oak Ridge...
Public lands legislation in Ontario recently changed to set out requirements related to certain common occupations. These changes were put in place by creating a new Regulation, Occupation of Public Lands Under Section 21.1 of the Act (O.Reg.16...
The list of species at risk in Ontario was recently revised to add several new species and to reclassify others. In more detail, Five new endangered species, The Hoptree Borer, Nine-spotted Lady Beetle, River Darter – Great Lakes St. Lawr...
Insurance plan benefits for mental stress, currently limited to traumatic mental stress that is “an acute reaction to a sudden and unexpected traumatic event”, will soon expand to include chronic mental stress for workplace injuries that occur on ...
A suite of changes to the powers of municipalities as set out in the Municipal Act, 2001 (SO2001,c25), addressing climate change, parental leave, financial sustainability, and accountability, has been made or announced. In particular, these cha...
Persons responsible for boilers and pressure vessels (BPVs) should be aware of an opportunity to comment on changes that may be coming to BPV safety rules, especially those related to periodic inspections. BPVs are equipment that produce and di...
Ontario is developing a new hunting and fishing licensing system, which is expected to be implemented in late 2018 or early 2019. As part of this initiative, a number of amendments may be made to the Hunting (O.Reg.665/98) regulation. Notably, ...
Minimum efficiency standards for certain products, including water heaters, furnaces, air conditioners, and heat pumps, may be revised to harmonize Ontario’s requirements with other efficiency standards in North America, to promote energy efficien...
Provincial requirements recently changed in response to changes to federal legislation related to medical assistance in dying. In particular, The Coroners Act (RSO1990,cC.37) has been amended to provide that a doctor or nurse practitioner...
The Drive Clean Program has been simplified for owners and operators of light-duty vehicles. Specifically, the Motor Vehicles (O.Reg.361/98) Regulation has been amended to Add conditions for light-duty vehicles that have failed an emissio...
Oregon Rss
New conditions related to walking-working surfaces and fall protection will soon affect a wide range of workers, excluding those from the construction and agricultural sectors. The federal rules that Oregon follows have changed. The state will ...
Agricultural workers, specifically those working in pesticide-treated crop areas and those handling pesticides, should be aware of new conditions related to pesticide poisoning and injury protection. The federal rules that Oregon follows have c...
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...
Queensland Rss
Queensland’s Transport Operations and Other Legislation Amendment Regulation (No. 1) 2017 was passed on March 30, 2017.   Amendments include:   A new section (Section 138A) inserted into the Transport Operations (Road Use Manageme...
Victoria Rss
After a public comment period on the eight proposed compliance codes, the new occupational health and safety regulations have commenced.   The following changes have been made to Equipment (Public Safety) Regulations 2017:   Regulat...
Canada Rss
Following a screening assessment conducted on 74 substances listed on the Domestic Substances List (DSL), the Minister of the Environment and the Minister of Health (the “Ministers”) came to the conclusion that the substances do not meet any of th...
Following assessments of the substances benzoic acid, 2-benzoyl-, methyl ester (CAS RN 606-28-0) and benzene, 1,1′-(1,2-ethanediyl)bis(2,3,4,5,6-pentabromo)- (CAS RN 84852-53-9), it is suspected that the substances meet or are capable of meeting o...
The substance U-47700 (3,4-dichloro-N-(2-(dimethylamino)cyclohexyl)-N-methylbenzamide) and its salts, isomers, derivatives and analogues, and salts of isomers, derivatives and analogues (the "group of substances"), may soon be controlled in Canada...
The notification requirements for several substances may soon change. A notice of intent was recently published in order to amend the Domestic Substances List (DSL) regarding 2 substances already listed. Essentially, proposed amendments would appl...
Following a screening assessment conducted on 88 substances listed on the Domestic Substances List (DSL), the Minister of the Environment and the Minister of Health (the “Ministers”) came to the conclusion that the substances do not meet any of th...
Companies in the federal jurisdiction may soon need to conform to new occupational exposure limits with respect to two known health hazards, namely grain dust and flour dust. These new limits would be set through amendments to the Canada Occupa...
New regulations that identify offences in regulations made under the  Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994 (SC1994,c22) recently came into force. These Regulations, the Designation of Regulatory Provisions for Purposes of Enforcement (Migratory...
The manufacture, import or sale of toiletries that contain plastic microbeads, including non-prescription drugs and natural health products will soon be prohibited in Canada. The new Microbeads in Toiletries Regulations establish prohibitions acco...
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...