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Italy: Implementation of EU Legislation on the Recycling of Electrical Equipment and Batteries

(Oct. 6, 2020) Italy recently took steps to address the proper disposal of batteries and electrical equipment. On September 27, 2020, Legislative Decree No. 118 of September 3, 2020 (L.D. No. 118) entered into force in Italy. The Decree implements EU Directive 849 of 2018, which amended EU Directive No. 66 of 2016 on batteries […]

Italy: EU Directive on Recycling and Disposal of End-of-Life Vehicles Implemented

(Sept. 30, 2020) Italy in September adopted a measure on end-of-life vehicles (vehicles that are no longer in use and thus constitute waste) that will bring the country’s domestic law in line with EU directives. Legislative Decree No. 119 of September 3, 2020 (L.D. No. 119), effective September 27, 2020, implements EU Directive 849 of […]

Brazil: Brazilian President Signs Decree Authorizing Use of Armed Forces in Amazon Region

(Sept. 19, 2019) On August 23, 2019, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro signed Decree No. 9,985 (Decreto No. 9,985, de 24 de Agosto de 2019) authorizing the use of the armed forces to assist in fighting fires in the Amazon forest. Article 1 of Decree No. 9,985 authorizes the use of the armed forces to guarantee […]

Sri Lanka: Decision to Ratify Amendment to Montreal Protocol

(Oct. 25, 2017) It was reported on October 11, 2017, that the Government of Sri Lanka intends to ratify the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.  (Sri Lanka to Ratify Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Hydrofluorocarbons (HGC) Phase-down, COLOMBO PAGE (Oct. 11, 2017).)  The Montreal Protocol […]

United Nations: Treaty on Mercury to Come into Force

(June 7, 2017) On May 19, 2017, the United Nations announced that the Minamata Convention on Mercury will become effective on August 16, 2017.  The Convention has been signed by 128 countries and now ratified or acceded to by more than 50 states, including most recently Bulgaria, Denmark, Hungary, Malta, the Netherlands, Romania, and Sweden.  […]

Japan: PCB Special Measures Act Amended

(July 25, 2016) An amendment to the Act on Special Measures for Promotion of Proper Treatment of Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB) (PCB Special Measures Act) was promulgated by the Japanese government on May 2, 2016. (Act No. 34 of 2016, OFFICIAL GAZETTE (in Japanese).) PCBs, which are ”man-made organic chemicals consisting of carbon, hydrogen and chlorine atoms,” have been shown “to cause […]