Air protection

Moldova: adopted law on industrial emissions

Moldova: adopted law on industrial emissions

As of 21 October 2024, the law on industrial emissions enters into force in Moldova.

The law takes into consideration the provisions of the EU Directive 2010/75/EU on industrial emissions as well as Directive (EU) 2015/2193 on the limitation of emissions of certain pollutants into the air from medium combustion plants.

Moldova: law on air quality transposes EU directives

As of 13 May 2024, the law on Ambient Air Quality enters into force in Moldova.

The law partly implements the EU Directive 2008/50/EC (“the Ambient Air Quality Directive”) and the EU Directive 2004/107/EC relating to arsenic, cadmium, mercury, nickel and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in ambient air. 

Russia: Updated Environmental Pollution Fee Rates

As of 2021 organisations that operate stationary emission sources and/or discharge wastewater into water bodies and/or generate wastes and perform waste disposal operations are required to pay environmental pollution fees subject to the revised rates.

As of 2021, the environmental pollution fee rates are to be paid following the respective rates set for 2018 by Decree 913 of 13 September 2016 with the application of the coefficient that is equal 1.08.

Russia: Environmental pollution fee rates are set for 2020

Organisations emitting polluting substances into the ambient air, those discharging polluting substances into water bodies and those generating and disposing of class I to V wastes have to apply revised environmental pollution fee rates for all discharges and emissions made from 1 January 2020.

Ukraine: Revised noise limits for residential areas and premises

As of 16 April 2019, facilities emitting ambient noise must ensure that they do not cause the noise levels in any adjoining residential area to exceed the revised limits.

The adopted norms do not apply to special purpose premises (radio and television studios, etc.).

Ukraine: Revised emission norms for thermal power plants

Facilities operating thermal power plants with nominal heat output capacity exceeding 50 MW installed at heating power stations, boiler installations and at industrial facilities, will be required to comply with the adopted permissible emission limits of polluting substances as soon as the adopted norms enter into force. The Norms will enter into force from the date of their official publication. As at 6 April 2018, the Norms have not been officially published.

Russia: Adopted revised maximum allowable concentrations for polluting substances in the ambient air of residential areas

As of 20 January 2018, organisations emitting polluting substances in the ambient air must ensure that their emissions do not cause the concentrations of such substances to exceed the set concentration limits in the adjoining urban and countryside residential areas.

The maximum allowable concentrations have been set for around 700 polluting substances, such as NOx, SOx, ammonia, acetaldehyde, barium, benz(a)pyrene, benzene, etc.

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). 

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.