United States Federal Environmental Updates

Argentina Rss
The Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of Argentina issued Resolution 522-E/2016 regarding the universal management of wastes. The purpose of the Resolution is to establish objectives, definitions, and guidelines for the developme...
On November 29, 2016, the Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development of Argentina, Rabbi Sergio Bergman, gave the opening presentation at the “National Workshop on New Waste Management.” At this workshop, proposals were presented to updat...
Australia Rss
On December 9, 2016, SafeWork New South Wales (NSW) published exemption No. 111 in the NSW Government Gazette. This action extended the exemption for the audiometric testing requirements of clause 58(2) of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 201...
Chile Rss
On January 3, 2017, the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare promulgated a draft law on heavy duty qualifications and their effects. The draft law was published on January 9, 2017, and will not go into effect until July 1, 2017, when the final law...
China Rss
In order to put an end to the worsening soil pollution problem, China is set to carry out a lifelong accountability system for all entities through the Pollution of Land and Soil Management Measures. The company or the individual will be responsib...
In response to numerous work safety incidences related to hazardous chemical production and management, the State Administration of Work Safety (SAWS) released the following knowledge assessment documents to better regulate corporate responsibilit...
China’s State Council published a plan to strengthen 10 major areas in regards to hazardous chemicals management for the next three years. These plans include a continuous investigation on major sources of hazardous chemicals, tightening of chemic...
The State Council published the Extended Producer Responsibility Plan (EPR) in order to ensure that all production resource consumption, and the adherence to environmental protection standards, extend beyond the manufacturing process. These requir...
Germany Rss
On December 6, 2016, the German government adopted an act implementing European Union (“EU”) Directive 2012/18/EU, the Seveso III Directive, on the control of major-accident hazards involving dangerous substances. This Directive repeals and replac...
The Government has passed a law that will amend several transportation acts. The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure has been empowered to administer the amendments. The new law was published in the Federal Law Gazette on Dece...
At the end of last year, the German Government adopted the “First Regulation to Change the Road Traffic Regulations” which amends the Road Traffic Regulations (DE2013Mar06) The new regulation was published in the Federal Law Gazette on December 13...
The German Government adopted changes to several laws at the end of 2016. These changes included the First Order Amending the Professional Driver Qualification Regulation and other Road Traffic Regulations; the Second Ordinance on the Further Deve...
Denmark Rss
The Danish Parliament adopted a new law dealing with changes in the work environment law on December 15, 2016. The law creates a new structure of the party system that tightens relations between various members in the health and safety area. The l...
Ecuador Rss
As a way to adapt to climate change, Ecuador’s Ministry of the Environment has developed the Project to Strengthen the Resilience of Communities to the Adverse Effects of Climate Change with an Emphasis on Food Security (FORECCSA). On December 16,...
The Ministry of the Environment (MAE) of Ecuador, through its National Integrated Solid Waste Management Program (PNGIDS), announced to public and private sector representatives three technical regulations created to strengthen solid waste managem...
Estonia Rss
The Estonian Government adopted minor amendments to the Environmental Liability Act. This act is administered by the Ministry of the Environment. The changes update sections 8 and 40. The first amendment was made on July 5, 2016 to §8(9), which mo...
European Union Rss
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has added four substances of very high concern (SVHC) to the Candidate List. The additions are based on proposals from France, Germany and Austria. The new additions include: 4,4’-isopropylidenediphenol (...
The European Union’s (EU) enforcement authorities plan to inspect how safety information regarding hazardous chemicals is collected, compiled, and communicated in the supply chain and then how the information is followed at workplaces. The reason ...
The European Chemicals Agency’s (ECHA) Biocidal Products Committee (BPC) has adopted 17 new opinions supporting the approval of six active substances for use in biocidal products used as disinfectants and preservatives. The approval opinions are o...
The European Union (EU) Commission has notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) of a proposed draft Regulation amending the Cosmetic Products Regulation. The amendment would ban three fragrance allergens from use in products on the market. T...
The European Union (EU) Commission has notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) of a proposed draft Regulation amending the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Regulation’s (2006/1907(EC)) restricted sub...
France Rss
France’s Minister of the Environment, Energy and the Sea presented to the Council of Ministers on the creation of the environmental authorization on January 23, 2017. From March 1, 2017, the various environmental procedures and decisions required ...
Greece Rss
The Greek Government has approved the National Management Plan for Managing Dangerous Waste (NEEAPs). Before approval, NEEAPs went through an Environmental Impact Assessment. This new management plan aims to find efficient and effective strategies...
Hungary Rss
On October 27, 2016, the Hungarian Government approved a new national workplace safety and health policy. The National Policy on Work Protection will be effective from 2016 to 2022. The purpose of this policy is to ensure citizens’ healthy years a...
Israel Rss
The Israeli Government has amended the Water, Sewage, and Land Laws for the country. The Ministry of the Environment has monitored the water crisis in Israel and has found significant problems with waste and sewage management. Specifically, years ...
The Israeli Government passed amendments to the Traffic Regulations, which were published on December 20, 2016. The new amendments update requirements for checking licenses and traffic-related information. In addition, the amendments update online...
India Rss
India consulted on the schedule of Hazardous Occupations and Processes under Child and Adolescent Labour (Prohibition & Regulation) Act, 1986 (IN1986No.61) - Recommendation of Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) The TAC, formed to advise the Go...
Japan Rss
The Occupational Safety and Health Research Institute of Japan has prepared and published risk assessment and safety implementation support tools on its website. The guidance documents provide technical materials that take employers step by step o...
Kenya Rss
Kenya’s Ministry of Environment and Natural resources has launched a Waste Management Program whose strategy is to have Zero Waste in the future. This will be done by promoting resource recovery to ensure a clean environment. A National Steering C...
South Korea Rss
On January 6, 2017, the Korean Ministry of Environment’s Registration Confirmation Team published Announcement No. 2017-1 on the “Designation of Toxic Substances and Restricted Substances and Prohibited Substances.” This announcement stated that t...
The Korean Government has amended its Asbestos Damage Remediation Act. This Act is administered by the Ministry of Environment and the amendments went into effect on December 27, 2016. The purpose of the Act is to provide for the payment of benefi...
The Ministry of Environment of South Korea has proposed the adoption of three phase-in registration deadlines for the Korea-Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (K-REACH) Regulation (KR2015Jan01). The notice of prop...
The Minister of Environment, Cho Kyung-kyu, issued two notices: “Risk Assessment Method for Asbestos Buildings” and “Assessment and Measures for Asbestos Buildings,” which emphasize the objectivity of risk assessment of buildings using asbestos. T...
Latvia Rss
On January 19, 2017, the Cabinet of Ministers of Latvia announced its proposed regulation on the Classification of Occupations. The proposal would delete 230 occupations that are “not important for the labor market,” and would add 50 new professio...
The Latvian Government approved the national position on the European Commission’s (EC) framework for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions following the European Union’s (EU) commitment to the Paris Agreement. The EU committed to reducing GHGs by at lea...
The Latvian Government has amended the Waste Management Law. The amendment supplements the Transitional Provisions with Paragraph 36. This addition provision describes the natural resources tax, the payment of which must include an increase in the...
Malaysia Rss
Water Activity Safety Council member, Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, stated that the Water Activity Safety Master Plan (2016-2020) is expected to be approved in March or April 2017. Mr. Lee also stated that the plan is being put together and will be presen...
Nigeria Rss
Nigeria’s Anti-Corruption Agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has revived a five-year-old scandal involving one of Africa’s richest oil blocs, Malabu OPL 245. On December 20, 2016, the EFCC filed suit in the federal high c...
Norway Rss
In September 2016, the Swedish Government said it was planning to implement national legislation to prevent microplastics from getting into the environment. Now, the Norwegian Environment Agency has begun looking at possible measures to reduce the...
On January 6, 2017, the Norwegian Environment Agency sent out an announcement letter to remind businesses to report quantities of registered chemicals to the product register by March 15, 2017. This deadline applies to all manufacturers and import...
On December 22, 2016, the Government amended Chapter 11 of the Waste Legislation. As a result of this amendment, explosive waste is now defined as hazardous waste. This means that properties HP1 and HP15 are included in the characteristics of haza...
Peru Rss
The Ministry of the Environment of Peru (MINAM) and the Presidency of the Council of Ministers (PCM) have issued a legislative decree that approves the Law of Integral Management of Solid Wastes (PE2016No.1278). On December 23, 2016, the standard ...
Philippines Rss
On January 9, 2017, Senate President Aquilino L. Pimentel III told French leaders that the Senate of the Philippines has agreed to ratify the Paris Agreement in 2017. Mr. Pimentel III said that the timetable for ratification is by the middle of th...
Sweden Rss
The Swedish Chemicals Agency (Kemi) is seeking consultation on a draft regulation for companies to report information on nanomaterials in chemical products to the Swedish products register by 2019. The consultation period opened on November 23, 20...
Slovakia Rss
On September 7, 2016, the Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic issued notice 252/2016 Coll. to amend and supplement certain provisions of the Clean Air Act. The amendments went into effect on January 1, 2017. The changes include modifica...
Vietnam Rss
Starting in 2017, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of Vietnam plans to inspect projects that have a high potential for causing severe environmental pollution. The purpose of the inspections is to ensure that projects are adhering ...
United States Rss
The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to add natural gas processing facilities to the list of industrial sectors that must follow the Toxics Release Inventory reporting requirements. This proposal would affect facilities that recover li...
The Department of Energy is proposing to amend energy conservation standards for consumer central air conditioners and heat pumps. Comments are being accepted until April 26, 2017. More information is available here. Applies to 10CFR-430
The Department of Energy has adopted amended energy conservation standards for residential central air conditioners and heat pumps. The amendments are in effect as of May 8, 2017, unless adverse comment is received by April 26, 2017, in which c...
A delay has been proposed for the effective date for amendments to standards for occupational exposure to beryllium and beryllium compounds, which have a current implementation date of March 21, 2017. A delayed effective date of May 20, 2017 ha...
The Environmental Protection Agency has withdrawn an update to a procedure in the New Source Performance Standards. The withdrawal of the update to the procedure, which provides quality assurance/quality control procedures for assessing the acc...
The comment period has been extended for proposed amendments to the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Publicly Owned Treatment Works source category. Comments must be received on or before March 29, 2017. More informa...
Tianjin Rss
In order to fully carry out the Federal Soil Pollution Prevention Measures, the Tianjin Environmental Protection Bureau released its own version in order to improve municipal soil conditions. Major areas of focus are on metal pollutants such as me...
The Tianjin government recently issued Notice on the Implementation Plan for Comprehensive Management of Hazardous Chemicals in order to ramp up efforts on risk evaluations on the city’s hazardous chemicals industry. The plan includes the digital ...
Arizona Rss
Arizona’s New Source Review (NSR) requirements will soon change to align the state’s requirements with minimum standards set by the federal government. The NSR program regulates the construction of new air pollutant-emitting industrial sources, as...
British Columbia Rss
The definition of “oil and gas activity” in the Oil and Gas Activities Act (SBC2008,c36) recently changed to include construction or operation of petroleum refineries and manufacturing plants designed to convert natural gas into other organic comp...
Following a comprehensive review, the tailings storage facility (TSF) and health and safety sections of the Health, Safety and Reclamation Code for Mines (HSR-MINES) have been updated. This code is the primary source of regulation for the mining i...
Consequences for violating mining legislation in British Columbia have broadened. Administrative monetary penalties (AMPs) can now be imposed on persons who contravene or fail to comply with mining legislation, orders, or terms and conditions. ...
Employers will soon have to meet new requirements with respect to their workplaces’ joint health and safety committees (“committees”) (in which worker and employer representatives collaborate to address health and safety problems in the workplace)...
Guangdong Rss
In order to raise efficiency in hazardous chemicals management, raise work safety quality, and build a long-term hazardous chemicals production standard, the Guangdong Work Safety Administration sought consultation on its Hazardous Chemicals Safet...
The Guangdong Environmental Protection Agency has announced the Soil Pollution Prevention Action Plan to halt and improve soil quality over the next few decades. The Plan lists four steps, 10 missions, and 38 concrete procedures. The nearest miles...
The Guangdong Environmental Protection Agency has announced a penalty discretion standard as part of its Atmospheric Pollution Prevention Act (CN2000No.32). The Standard lays out 31 types of illegal environmental pollution actions and widened the ...
Jiangsu Rss
In accordance with the federal notice on Soil Pollution Prevention Plan, Jiangsu has set goals for improving soil quality and preventing further soil pollution. The Plan details efforts to test soil quality, establish effective monitoring and comm...
Manitoba Rss
Goose Islands and Grand Island, which are located in the north basin of Lake Winnipegosis north of Dauphin, Manitoba, have been redesignated as park reserves. Interested parties should also note that these areas have been proposed as provincial pa...
Ontario Rss
Ontario’s rules for drinking water quality standards, and other rules related to drinking water systems, drinking water testing services, and drinking water operator certification, will soon change. The changes will come into effect as a result...
Owners and operators of electrical distribution systems, and other interested parties, have been invited to comment on proposed amendments to the Electrical Distribution Safety Regulation (O.Reg.22/04), which establishes objective-based electrical...
Electrical contractors, master electricians, and other interested parties have been invited to comment on proposed amendments to the Licensing of Electrical Contractors and Master Electricians Regulation (O.Reg.570/05). The proposed amendments ...
A modified scheme for billing and eligibility will soon be in place in Ontario. These modifications, which concern renewable energy producers, will be put in place by amending the Net Metering Regulation (O.Reg.541/05), the purpose of which is ...
Certain activities and equipment that previously required environmental approval in Ontario are now exempt from the approval process. As long as certain conditions are met (for example, exhaust stack orientation or fuel type used), the followin...
Quebec Rss
Recent changes to Quebec air emissions regulations make oil pipeline companies subject to additional emission reporting requirements. These changes to the Regulation respecting mandatory reporting of certain emissions of contaminants into the atmo...
Shandong Rss
Effective May 1, 2017, the new Shandong Work Safety Regulations will replace the 2006 version. In addition to basic work safety regulations on material storage, transportation, and forbidden activities, the new version focuses on the management an...
Sichuan Rss
In the most recent amendment to the Sichuan Heavy Atmospheric Pollutant Emergency Contingency Plan, the Sichuan provincial government has added a fourth pollution warning level to the original three-color grading system. The color blue now refers ...
Canada Rss
With an objective to protect human health and the environment, recently proposed regulations intend to reduce legal importation of pest control products with unacceptable risks by clarifying the scope and intent of the personal use import exemptio...
Recent draft screening assessments propose that certain chemical substances specified on the Domestic Substances List (DSL) should not be regulated as "toxic substances" in Canada. The Ministers of the Environment and of Health (the "Ministers") h...
A new strategy has been proposed that would modernize the legislative framework for controlled substances. This strategy would be put in place by amending a number of Acts, including the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (SC1996,c19), the Cus...
Recent screening assessments have determined that certain living organisms should not be regulated as "toxic substances" in Canada. The Ministers of the Environment and of Health (the "Ministers") are publishing final decisions concerning several ...
Recent screening assessments propose that certain substances specified on the Domestic Substances List (DSL) should not be regulated as "toxic substances" in Canada. The Ministers of the Environment and of Health (the "Ministers") have published d...
Following the adoption of the Ozone-depleting Substances and Halocarbon Alternatives Regulations (SOR/2016-137) (the “Regulations”), the Minister of the Environment and the Minister of Health (the “Ministers”) recently rescinded Significant New Ac...
A recent draft screening assessment proposes that the substance benzenesulfonamide, 2-methyl- (2-MBS) [CAS RN 88-19-7], already listed in the Domestic Substances List (DSL), should not be regulated as a "toxic substance" in Canada, as it does not ...
Changes have been proposed to the Metal Mining Effluent Regulations (SOR/2002-222) that would enable the deposit of mine waste in four fish-frequented water bodies in Quebec as part of the BlackRock Mining Project. In order to offset the loss o...
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 26 substances already listed. Essentially, proposed amendments would var...
Recently proposed amendments to the Domestic Substances List (DSL) would apply the significant new activity (SNAc) provisions to the living organisms Aspergillus oryzae ATCC 11866 and Pseudomonas putida ATCC 12633, ATCC 31483, ATCC 31800, and ATCC...
Draft environmental quality guidelines were recently issued for BPA, hexavalent chromium, PFOS, and triclosan. These guidelines provide for a set of scientific considerations and warnings regarding these substances, and were issued in consultat...
The Minister of the Environment has published the Code of Practice for the Environmentally Sound Management of End-of-life Lamps Containing Mercury. The Code of Practice provides a set of best practices for handling, collection, storage, transp...
Prohibitions against habitat destruction will soon come into force for a small moss species. Under the Species at Risk Act (SC2002,c29), prohibitions against habitat destruction are made by the designation of critical habitats. Once designated,...
Prohibitions against habitat destruction will soon come into force for an aquatic snake species. Under the Species at Risk Act (SC2002,c29), prohibitions against habitat destruction are made by the designation of critical habitats. Once designa...