Russia

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: Low-alcohol drinks containing tonics are prohibited from 2018

Starting from 1 January 2018 Russia prohibits production and sale of low-alcohol drinks containing tonics, except when they are intended for export outside Russia. The prohibition applies to drinks with alcohol content not exceeding 15% and containing certain types of tonics. The list of such tonics is to be adopted separately by the Russian Government.

Russia: Adopted Occupational Safety Rules for light industry facilities

As of 1 November 2017, light industry facilities are required to comply with the adopted occupational safety rules. The Rules apply to works and processes involving finishing works for fabrics and knitwear, production of non-woven materials, spinning, production of textiles and clothing, processing of leather raw materials, works involving leather tanning and finishing, fur dyeing and processing, production of clothing, footwear and other leather and fur products.

Russia: Adopted list of wastes banned from landfill

As of 1 January 2018 organisations generating certain types of wastes or those operating landfill sites will not be allowed to submit such wastes for landfill or to landfill them. The banned types of wastes contain useful components that must be utilized.

As of 1 January 2018, it will be prohibited to landfill 67 types of wastes, as of 1 January 2019- 109 types and as of 1 January 2021 – 182 types of wastes.

Russia: Lift operators may have to submit notifications

According to the published draft law, organisations that perform assembly, disassembly, operation (service and repair) of lifts, lifting platforms for disabled persons, passenger conveyors and escalators (except escalators used in the underground system) would have to submit notifications to the authorities on the mentioned activities. The notifications must be submitted within 6 months from the date when the draft law enters into force.

Russia: Revised mechanism for calculating concentration of hazardous substances in the ambient air

As of 1 January 2018, organisations that emit regulated hazardous substances into the ambient air, have to use the adopted methods for calculating the dispersion of air pollutant concentrations at the height of two meters from the ground level and at the distance not exceeding 100 km from the emission source as well as for vertical distribution of air pollutant concentrations.

The following methodologies have been adopted:

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.

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