Top global EHS regulatory changes – July 2019

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Here are a few noteworthy global EHS regulatory changes from July 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

New principal document and amendment – Impact Assessment Act
Industry – General
Topic – Environment Management

This Act puts in place a process for assessing the environmental, health, social and economic effects of designated projects. It notably prohibits the carrying out of certain projects if they are likely to cause environmental, health, social or economic effects, sets requirements concerning the consultation of certain people, entities and the public, sets the time frame for the impact assessment process, and sets out the factors to take into account in conducting an impact assessment. It also provides that the government may set conditions for a project, such as mitigation measures. Finally, it sets out requirements for the assessment of environmental effects of non-designated projects that are on federal lands or outside Canada. More information can be found here https://www.parl.ca/DocumentViewer/en/42-1/bill/C-69/royal-assent

United States

Amendments to the Marine Radar Observer Refresher Training Regulations
Industry – General

A change to this document has been announced. More information about the change is available at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/06/07/2019-11905/amendments-to-the-marine-radar-observer-refresher-training-regulations.

Peru

New principal document – Supreme Decree approving the Regulation of Maximum Allowable Values (VMA) for the discharge of non-domestic wastewater into the sanitary sewerage system

Industry – General, Building Management and Maintenance
Document Type – Legislation
Topic – Water Use and Wastewater Management

More information can be found here – https://busquedas.elperuano.pe/normaslegales/decreto-supremo-que-aprueba-el-reglamento-de-valores-maximos-decreto-supremo-n-010-2019-vivienda-1748339-3/

Alberta

An Act to Repeal the Carbon Tax

Industry – General, Office Spaces, Building Management and Maintenance
Document Type – Legislation

This document has been repealed. The effect of this repeal is to eliminate the carbon levy on fuels such as gasoline, diesel, propane, and natural gas. The first effective date of the document that makes the change is May 30, 2019. More information about the change, including any additional effective dates, is available at https://www.assembly.ab.ca/ISYS/LADDAR_files/docs/bills/bill/legislature_30/session_1/20190521_bill-001.pdf

Oregon

Limitations on Pesticide Products Containing Aminocyclopyrachlor

Industry – General, Office Spaces, Building Management and Maintenance

A change to this document has been announced. More information about the change is available at https://secure.sos.state.or.us/oard/viewReceiptPDF.action;JSESSIONID_OARD=bn1XM8ye3PRGrmpmElS2Bq1YcpHYX-JWlOPK4F7V5tUFHVns-7hK!-2060151682?filingRsn=41181

Denmark

New principal document – Order on quality requirements for environmental measurements

Topic – Environment Management, Air Emissions and Ambient Air Quality, Water Use and Wastewater Management
Industry – General, Office Spaces, Building Management and Maintenance

More information can be found at https://www.retsinformation.dk/Forms/R0710.aspx?id=209064

British Columbia

Zero-Emission Vehicles Act
This Act contains provincial targets for the sale and lease of light-duty zero-emission vehicles and sets out a scheme for increasing the supply of zero-emission vehicles in British Columbia.

Industry – General
Topics – 01.00.00 Environment Management

A change to this document has been announced. The effect of the change is notably to remove zero-emissions vehicle requirements for vehicle fleets as well as related reporting requirements for vehicle manufacturers and provisions for a zero-emissions vehicle credit trading scheme. This change complements the passage of the Zero-Emission Vehicles Act (CA-BC-SBC2019,c29), which sets provincial targets for the sale and lease of light-duty zero-emission vehicles and sets out a scheme for increasing the supply of zero-emission vehicles in British Columbia. The first effective date of the document that makes the change is May 30, 2019. More information about the change, including any additional effective dates, is available at https://www.leg.bc.ca/Pages/BCLASS-Legacy.aspx#%2Fcontent%2Fdata%2520-%2520ldp%2Fpages%2F41st4th%2F3rd_read%2Fgov28-3.htm.