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Argentina Highlights

Argentine Senate Proposes Restrictions on Fracking

On September 4, a bill was introduced in the Senate that would establish minimum environmental standards relating to the exploration and exploitation of unconventional hydrocarbons in Argentina.

Agro-Industrial Carbon Footprint Bill Introduced in Chamber of Deputies

On September 20, a bill was introduced in the Chamber of Deputies that would seek to combat greenhouse gas emissions by promoting a methodology for calculating carbon footprints in the agro-industrial sector.

Packaging-Waste Management Bill Introduced in Chamber of Deputies

On August 15, a bill was introduced in the Chamber of Deputies that would create a comprehensive management system for packaging waste.

Electronic-Waste Bill Introduced in Senate

On September 18, an electronic-waste management bill was introduced in the Senate.

Brazil Highlights


Brazil Ministry of Environment Requests Proposals For Development of Pharmaceutical Take-Back Program

On October 14, 2013, Brazil’s Ministry of the Environment issued a public notice requesting proposals for the development of a nationwide take-back system for expired or unwanted pharmaceuticals for household use.   

Re-Registration Period for Brazil’s Federal Technical Registry of Potentially Polluting or Natural Resource-Consuming Activities

July 1, 2013 marked the beginning of the re-registration period in Brazil’s Federal Technical Registry of Potentially Polluting or Natural Resource Consuming Activities.

Ethanol Tax Credit Incentives Signed Into Law

On September 10, 2013, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff signed Law No. 12,859, which provides tax credits to producers and importers of ethanol for any ethanol sales made within Brazil. 

Brazilian Standards & Norms Institute Issues Draft Television Standards

On August 6, 2013, Brazil’s Standards & Norms Institute issued a draft of its Technical Regulations on Television Quality.

Brazilian Environmental Enforcement Agency Modifies Waste Import Rules

On July 17, 2013, Brazil’s environmental enforcement agency, IBAMA, issued a normative decree banning the import of certain types of wastes and limiting the import of others.   


Sao Paulo Publishes New Effluent Toxicity Testing Guidelines Document

On September 13, 2013, Sao Paulo’s environmental enforcement agency CETESB published a manual entitled “Ecotoxic Control of Liquid Effluents in Sao Paulo State,” setting forth guidelines for testing the toxicity of liquid effluents in Sao Paulo State.

Chile Highlights

Chile Adopts New Emissions Standards For Incineration, Co-Incineration, and Co-Processing Plants

On July 30, 2013, Chile’s Ministry of the Environment adopted new emissions standards for incineration, co-incineration and co-processing plants.

Public Comment Period Closes on Proposed Regulations Regarding Certification of Electrical and Fuel-Consuming Products

On October 10, 2013, the public comment period closed on proposed new regulations regarding the standards to be employed in safety and energy-efficiency certification of electrical and fuel-consuming products sold in Chile.

Public Comment Period Opened on Chile Draft Television Energy Efficiency Testing Standards

On September 27, 2013, Chile’s Electricity and Fuels Agency issued draft standards for the certification and testing of television energy efficiency performance. 

Chile’s Ministry of Environment Proposes Revisions to Standards Employed to Regulate Industrial Liquid Pollutant Discharges to Sewage Systems

On July 1, 2013, Chile’s Official Gazette published an initiative proposed by Chile’s Ministry of the Environment for the revision of the standards employed to regulate contaminants associated with industrial liquid waste discharges to sewage systems

Colombia Highlights

Colombian Senator Introduces Bill to Modernize Environmental Sanctions Regime

On October 18, a bill was introduced in the Senate to overhaul the country’s environmental risk management framework and to address perceived gaps or inconsistencies in the current environmental civil penalties law, Law No. 1333 of 2009.

Colombia Enacts E-waste Take-back Law

On July 19, Colombia enacted Ley 1672 a comprehensive framework law on the integrated management of waste electrical and electronic products (WEEE). 

Colombia Adopts Law on Mercury Use in Industrial Activities

On July 17, Colombia passed a law regulating the use, import, production, sale, management, transport, storage, final disposal, and release of mercury in industrial activities. 

Environmental Permitting Authority Changes Minor Modification Instructions for Hydrocarbon and Electric Permits

On August 1, the National Authority on Environmental Permits released a resolution instructing its technical suboffices on changes to minor permit and environmental management plan modification procedures for the hydrocarbon and electric sectors. 

Environment Ministry Proposes Comprehensive Management Program for Bags

On September 9, the Ministry of the Environment and Sustainable Development published a draft resolution to establish the Program for the Rational Use of Bags in Colombia.

Costa Rica Highlights

New Hazardous Waste Regulation Implements Producer Responsibility

On July 18, 2013, Decree 37788-S-MINAE/2013 was published in the Gaceta Oficial.

Costa Rica Publishes New Regulation on Soil Remediation

On July 10, the Ministry of Health published Executive Decree No. 37757-S, enacting the Regulation on Soil Guideline Values for Decontamination of Sites Affected by Environmental Emergencies and Spills which requires site owners to monitor soil concentrations to ensure that the concentrations of over 90 regulated substances do not exceed the limits listed in the regulations.

Mexico Highlights

Mexico City Passes Progressive New Environmental Framework Law

On September 17, the Federal District of Mexico passed a decree reforming its framework environmental law, which went into effect on October 17.

Mexico Establishes Maximum Levels for Soil Contamination

On September 10, the Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources issued an official Mexican standard establishing the maximum permissible limits for hydrocarbons in soils, as well as sampling guidelines for both characterization and remediation.

Mexico Proposes Environmental Insurance Requirements for Potentially Polluting Activities

On September 5, a draft decree was introduced in the Senate that would modify Mexico’s Environmental Framework Law to include compulsory insurance and liability coverage for all potentially polluting activities as a precautionary measure. 

Peru Highlights

Peru’s Ministry of Production Proposes Draft Regulations Regarding Technical Specifications and Labeling Requirements for Vehicle Components

Peru’s Ministry of Production has proposed regulations setting forth technical specifications and labeling requirements for fuel system components of vehicles that run on liquefied petroleum gas.

Puerto Rico Highlights

Environmental Quality Board Developing Draft E-Waste Regulations

Puerto Rico’s Environmental Quality Board is in the process of preparing draft regulations implementing the 2012 Puerto Rico Electronics Recycling and Disposal Promotion Act.

House Bill Would Replace Electronic-Recycling Certification Program

On October 11, a bill was introduced in the House of Representatives that would amend the 2012 Puerto Rico Electronics Recycling and Disposal Promotion Act to eliminate the requirement that companies that manage electronic waste obtain the “e-Stewards” certification developed by the nonprofit Basel Action Network.

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