Top Global Regulatory Changes – April 2019

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Here are a few noteworthy global EHS regulatory changes from April 2019. We cover EHS legislation and standards for over 90 countries and 200 jurisdictions. If you would like to track legislative changes for specific regions, countries or jurisdictions, we are happy to help. Please send us a request for more information here and we will contact you shortly.

Canada

Environmental Emergency Regulations, 2019

Industry – Building Management and Maintenance
The changes repeal the present Environmental Emergency Regulations, 2003 and replace them with the new Environmental Emergency Regulations, 2019. The first effective date of the document that makes the change is August 24, 2019. More information about the change, including any additional effective dates, is available at https://canlii.ca/t/96bh.

Regulations Amending the Canadian Aviation Regulations (Parts I, VI and VII — Seaplane Operations)

Industry – General
A change to this document has been announced. According to the Government of Canada, the changes notably (1) require “passengers and pilots of commercial seaplanes with nine passengers or less conducting air taxi operations on or over water to wear a flotation device that is inflatable and not inherently buoyant”; (2) introduce “mandatory underwater egress training for pilots of commercially operated seaplanes, with recurrent training every three years”; and (3) repeal “the exception of personal flotation devices, thereby requiring that personal flotation devices meet the applicable standards”. The first effective date of the document that makes the change is September 6, 2020. More information about the change, including any additional effective dates, is available at https://www.gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p2/2019/2019-03-06/html/sor-dors49-eng.html.

Alberta

Curtailment Rules Amendment Regulation

General Industry
A change to this document has been announced. The first effective date of the document that makes the change is February 27, 2019. More information about the change, including any additional effective dates, is available at https://www.qp.alberta.ca/documents/gazette/2019/pdf/05_Mar15_Part2.pdf.

Nova Scotia

Solid Waste-Resource Management Regulations

Industry – General
A change to this document has been announced. The effect of the change is notably to (1) require that oil and glycol manufacturers, distributors, and other “brand owners” establish an oil and glycol stewardship program if they are to sell, offer for sale or distribute oil, glycol, oil filters or product containers; (2) specify how stewardship programs should be established; (3) require that brand owners report yearly on their stewardship programs, including regarding program effectiveness; (4) ban new materials from destruction or disposal in landfills and incinerators, including used oil, glycol, oil filters, and glycol and oil containers, as of March 1, 2020; and (5) specify new electronic products which are included in the existing electronics stewardship program.

British Columbia

Agricultural Land Commission Amendment Act

Industry – General
A change to Agricultural Land Commission Act has been announced.The effect of the change, according to the Government of British Columbia, is notably to (1) “[Restrict] the removal of soil and [increase] penalties for the dumping of construction debris and other harmful fill in the [Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR)]”; (2) “[Limit] primary residence size on ALR lands and [empower] the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) to approve additional residences if they are for farm use”; and (3) “[Reunify] the ALR as a single zone.” The first effective date of the document that makes the change is February 22, 2019. More information about the change, including any additional effective dates, is available at https://www.leg.bc.ca/content/data%20-%20ldp/Pages/41st3rd/3rd_read/gov52-3.htm, https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2019AGRI0018-000261 and https://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/oic/oic_cur/0067_2019.

China

Notice on Issuing “Key Points for the Prevention and Control of Air Pollution in the Nation in 2019″

Industry – General

In order to achieve goals of :

  • decreasing the mean annual concentration of fine particulate matters (PM2.5) by 2% year-on-year in non-standard-meeting cities in the nation
  • increasing the excellent days in cities above 79.4%;
  • decreasing the total emission amounts of sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxide (NOX) by 3% year-on-year in the nation

The Ministry of Ecology and Environment has recently issued “Key Points for the Prevention and Control of Air Pollution in the Nation in 2019”.

The notice proposes nearly 30 detailed measures, including:

  • Accelerating compiling or revising the emission standards for key industries: issuing “Emission Standard of Air Pollutants for Pharmaceutical Industry”, “Fugitive Emission Standard of Volatile Organic Compounds” and “Emission Standards for Air Pollutants from Manufacture of Paint, Ink and Adhesive” etc. (approved, and will be issued recently); accelerating the compilation and revision of air pollutant emission standards for industries including pesticides, furniture manufacturing, wood-based panels, printing, domestic glass, casting.
  • Accelerating advancing the treatment of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) of key industries: Comprehensive technical plans for treating VOCs of key industries should be compiled and implemented, and requirements for the treatment of industries including petrochemical, chemical, industrial painting, packaging and printing should be clarified.
  • Strengthening the management of toxic and harmful air pollutants: According to the “Catalogue of Toxic and Harmful Air Pollutants (2018)”, enterprises should effectively conduct the responsibility of managing source risks; environmental risk alerting system should be built; emission standards for toxic and harmful air pollutants should be improved and moved into pollution emission permit management according to law; enterprises should be urged to start the emission monitoring of toxic and harmful air pollutants according to requirements.
  • Revising emergency response plans for heavily polluted weather: instructing 80 cities in key areas to finish the new-round revision of lists of the emergency response and emission reduction in heavily polluted weather, and tamping measures for the emergency response and emission reduction; advancing finishing the revision of emergency response plans for heavily polluted weather and the compilation of lists of the emergency response and emission reduction in 6 provinces (municipalities) including Liaoning, Hubei, Hunan, Guangdong, Chongqing, Sichuan.
  • Requiring to advancing the revision of “Law on Prevention and Control of Environmental Noise Pollution”, and positively seeking to move environmental noise into pollution emission permit management.

India

Hazardous and Other Wastes (Management and Transboundary Movement) Amendment, Rules, 2019

Industry – General

A change to this document has been announced. The first effective date of the document that makes the change is March 5, 2019. More information about the change, including any additional effective dates, is available at https://egazette.nic.in/WriteReadData/2019/199240.pdf.

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