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The Persistent Organic Pollutants (Various Amendments) Regulations 2019

Posted on August 27, 2019 at 11:06 am

Jurisdiction:  England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland

Commencement:   15th July 2019

Amends:  

Environment Act 1995

Hazardous Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2005

Persistent Organic Pollutants Regulations 2007

 

Amendments

Environment Act 1995

Reference to repealed Regulation (EC) 850/2004 on persistent organic pollutants  is replaced with Regulation (EU) 2019/1021 on persistent organic pollutants within Section 41 of the Act, which allows the Environment Agency to recover the costs of enforcing Regulation (EU) 2019/1021

 

Hazardous Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2005

Schedule 8, which contains the form of consignee’s return to producer or holder, is replaced to substitute reference to the repealed Regulation (EC) 850/2004 on persistent organic pollutants with Regulation (EU) 2019/1021 on persistent organic pollutants within the hazard codes section. 

This section states that where a waste contains Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in concentrations higher than allowed by Annex IV of Regulation (EU) 2019/1021 then the waste must also be given the code ‘POP’. 

There are no changes to duties.

 

Persistent Organic Pollutants Regulations 2007

As a result of Regulation (EC) 850/2004 on persistent organic pollutants being repealed and replaced by Regulation (EU) 2019/1021 on persistent organic pollutants, the UK supporting Regulations are amended to ensure that they still enforce the management of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in the UK. 

There are no changes to duties for organisations; this is an administrative change which replaces references to the 2004 Regulation with the 2019 Regulation. The EU Regulation was updated to reflect both updates to the list of substances restricted or banned under the Stockholm Convention and administrative changes at the EU level. 

 

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