Russia

Russia: Draft law to regulate organic food production

If adopted, the draft law would set out regulatory framework and main requirements applicable to organic food manufacturers.

In particular, it would require that such manufacturers producing organic food restrict the use of pesticides, agrochemicals, antibiotics, growth stimulators and hormonal preparations in raw materials and production process.

Russia: Administrative liability for non-fulfilment of extended producer responsibility

Importers and manufactured of certain product categories are required to organise recycling of wastes resulting from the use or consumption of such products, in accordance with the recycling targets set by the Government of the Russian Federation. The obligation of operators (importers and manufacturers) is considered to be fulfilled from either the moment of submitting a report on the fulfilment of the set recycling targets or from the moment they have paid the required environmental charge.

Russia: Installing GLONASS navigation on vehicles transporting dangerous goods

As of 15 April 2018, owners of transport vehicles used for dangerous goods transportation are required to use the revised procedure for the installation of GLONASS navigation system on such vehicles. The requirement to install GLONASS navigation on vehicles transporting dangerous goods has existed before and is not a new one.

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).

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:

Russia: Suspension of retail sales of ethanol-containing products extended for another 180 days

As of 20 October 2017, all organisations and sole traders are prohibited to retail any ethanol-containing nonfoods as well as ethanol-containing food additives and flavourings for another 180 days. It is prohibited to retail any ethanol-containing products with the ethanol content exceeding 28% if such products are sold at a price (per 0,5l) that is lower than the price set for alcoholic drinks with the ethanol content above 28% by Order No. 58n of 11 May 2016.

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