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Russia: Revised safety requirements for underground gas storage facilities

As of 15 March 2018, organisations operating underground gas storage facilities are required to comply with the adopted safety rules.  The rules contain requirements aimed at ensuring industrial safety, preventing accidents at hazardous industrial facilities operating underground gas storage facilities (HIF UGSF), where dangerous substances are produced, used, stored, transported, including those capable of forming explosive mixtures.

Russia: Adopted safety rules for the operation of industrial pipelines

As of 21 March 2018, facilities operating infield pipelines are required to comply with the adopted industrial safety rules.

The rules impose requirements aimed at ensuring industrial safety, preventing accidents and incidents at major hazard facilities during the operation of infield pipelines of oil, gas and gas condensate fields, including reservoir pressure maintenance system pipelines.

EAEU: Clarified how GMO-containing food is to be labelled

Starting from 26 December 2018 manufacturers and importers of food produced with the use of GMOs must mark such products with a special sign saying “GMO” next to the common EAEU mark of conformity (EAC mark). The GMO sign must have the same form and size as the EAC mark.

Russia: Amended law on the environmental expert assessment

As of 28 December 2017, organisations planning any activity that is subject to the environmental expert assessment (i.e. any activity that has a potentially high environmental impact) are required to comply with the revised provisions governing the performance of environmental expert assessment.

Russia: Revised list of products subject to utilisation targets (extended producer responsibility)

Starting from 1 January 2018 manufacturers and importers of products included into the revised list of products subject to the extended producer responsibility (EPR) obligations are obliged to comply with the utilisation targets set for such products and packaging or to pay the environmental charge.

The adopted list replaces the list adopted by Government Direction No. 1886-p dated 24 September 2015.

Russia: Adopted revised maximum allowable concentrations for polluting substances in the ambient air of residential areas

As of 20 January 2018, organisations emitting polluting substances in the ambient air must ensure that their emissions do not cause the concentrations of such substances to exceed the set concentration limits in the adjoining urban and countryside residential areas.

The maximum allowable concentrations have been set for around 700 polluting substances, such as NOx, SOx, ammonia, acetaldehyde, barium, benz(a)pyrene, benzene, etc.

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