Water protection

Russia: Stricter water protection requirements adopted

As of 1 January 2019, facilities discharging wastewater into centralized water discharge systems must do so on the basis of “wastewater composition norms” that are to be set individually for each facility.

The amendments adopted by Federal Law No. 225-FZ, clarify and define wastewater purification responsibilities of organisations using centralized wastewater discharge systems and organisations operating those systems.

Russia: Draft Templates for transboundary waste movement notification

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology published draft order that would adopt revised templates for the notification forms used for transboundary waste movement operations and/or transboundary waste shipment operations. 

The adoption of new forms does not require any immediate actions on part of waste senders, receivers or transporters.

Uzbekistan: Adopted procedure for drilling groundwater wells

A permit to drill a groundwater well is to be issued to organisations that perform such drilling and have the necessary technical capacity and sufficiently qualified personnel.

 In order to apply for a permit, the applicant must submit a permit application to the local hydro-geological station.  A permit is to be issued for each well separately.

Belarus: Adopted Regulation on setting wastewater discharge limits

As of 20 September 2017, organisations discharging wastewater into surface water bodies (whether directly or indirectly) will be assigned wastewater discharge limits (including the maximum concentrations of polluting substances) in accordance with the adopted Regulation.

Kyrgyzstan, Issue 19 March 2017

Adopted methodology for calculating maximum allowable discharges

Starting from 28 February 2017 all organisations belonging to environmental hazard category I or II, discharging polluting substances into water bodies and required to calculate maximum allowable discharges of such substances, must use the adopted methodology for this calculation.

Ukraine: Environmental tax rates increase

As of 1 January 2017 facilities performing air emissions, disposing of hazardous wastes and/or discharging wastewater into water bodies in Ukraine are required to pay higher environmental fees for these operations.

In particular, the following environmental rates have been increased.

Air emissions

Russia: Will your company be inspected in 2017?

In order answer this question, one should go to the official website of the General Prosecution Office of the Russian Federation. The service that can be accessed via this website (presently launched in the testing mode) allows you to check whether your organization will be visited by any state inspectors in 2017. The service will also give you the information on which dates your company is to be inspected and how long the inspection will last. The service will also inform you on subject of each inspection (e.g.

Kazakhstan. Issue 9 January 2017

Amended industrial safety rules for uranium mining facilities

Law: Order No. 635 of 29 August 2016 Amending Order No. 297 of 26 December 2014 Adopting Industrial Safety Rules for Uranium Mining and Processing Facilities

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