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Russia: Is your garage considered a source of environmental pollution?

One of the frequently asked questions is whether garages or open parking lots used only for parking (storage) as well as for entry and exit of vehicles are considered “sources of environmental pollution”. The reason for such a question is that operators of all environmental pollution sources are required to have them registered with the environmental authorities (Article 69.2 of the Federal Law on Environmental Protection No. 7-FZ dated 10 January 2002). 

Russia: Which law sets the recycling targets for 2017?

The Federal Service for the Supervision of the Use of Natural Resources has clarified which legislation is to be applied by importers and manufacturers in determining their obligations within the extended producer responsibility concept (EPR).

Kazakhstan: Revised list of products subject to import and export licensing

As of 16 May 2018, importers and exporters of certain products and substances are required to obtain an import or export license. The revised list of products the import and export of which is subject to licensing was adopted by Decree No. 708 of 2 November 2017.

The list of products and substances subject to import and/or export licensing includes the name of the designated authority that issues the relevant licences.

 

The list includes:

Uzbekistan: Adopted Technical Regulation on different types of fuel

As of 27 November 2017, manufacturers and importers of motor and aviation gasoline, as well as diesel and ship fuel, jet fuel and fuel oil are required to comply with the requirements pertaining to the safety of the mentioned fuel (including its composition) as well as labelling and packaging requirements for these types of fuel.

Belarus: Adopted maximum allowable concentrations for three additional substances in the air of residential and recreational areas

Facilities that emit warfarin sodium, biocide manufactured by Nalco Chemicals and / or corrosion or scale inhibitor manufactured by Nalco Chemicals into the ambient air are required to ensure that their emissions of these substances do not result in the exceedance of the set concentration thresholds set for such substances for the air of residential and recreational areas.

Russia: EPR. Proposal to submit environmental charge calculation electronically

Manufacturers and importers of products subject to recycling after the loss of their consumer properties (e.g. electronic equipment, cardboard and paper packaging and textile products) within the extended producer responsibility framework, might soon be able to submit the environmental charge calculation reports in electronic form online.

Russia: Established criteria for assigning environmentally hazardous facilities to a risk category

As of 5 December 2017, each facility impacting the environment is to be assigned, by the Russian authorities, to a particular environmental risk category. Such a risk category is to be assigned in order to determine the frequency with which the facility is to be inspected by environmental authorities.

There are five risk categories, which will be inspected with the following frequency:

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