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Jonathan Cocker will be presenting the “North America’s First Circular Economy WEEE Law – Strategies for Compliance” Webinar hosted by Compliance & Risks on Wednesday, April 18th at 16:00 GMT. Details on how to reserve your Webinar seat will be available closer to the date. ____ For further information, please contact Jonathan Cocker: jonathan.cocker@bakermckenzie.com 416-865-6908

EPA has issued a proposed rule that would add discarded aerosol cans to the list of hazardous wastes that can be managed and transported under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act’s (“RCRA’s”) streamlined universal waste regulations.  (83 Fed. Reg. 11654 (March 16, 2018)).  Currently, most non-empty, waste aerosol cans are regulated as hazardous waste either because they exhibit a hazardous characteristic (typically ignitability) or because the can contains a RCRA-listed chemical.  As a result, these…

Apparel manufacturers and other value chain parties will be familiar with many of the environmental content standards which have been emerging, including: –       restrictions on harmful substances usage; –       more responsible materials sourcing; –       better durability;  and –        reduction of packaging. Once met, any further environmental duties will only occur at the other end of a textile’s linear path, at the point it enters a waste, or diverted waste stream such as reuse, without regard…

Baker & McKenzie’s Mexico environmental team has authored the Mexico chapter of the recent Chambers global environmental publication. The publication can found here: Environmental Law 2018 – Mexico. ____ For further information, please contact Federico Ruanova-Guinea and Mario Facio-Salazar: Federico.Ruanova-Guinea@bakermckenzie.com +5216646289185 mario.facio-salazar@bakermckenzie.com +525552792969

On September 27, 2017, the Mexican Senate passed a bill that amended Mexico’s main environmental law, the General Ecological Balance and Environmental Protection Law, in force since 1988 (the “General Law”), as well as other related provisions. We expect the Chamber of Deputies to approve this same bill during the current legislative period. One of the most relevant amendments deals with fines for environmental violations. These will increase substantially. Currently, the maximum fine that may…

On March 6th, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit modified its 2017 ruling that struck down portions of EPA’s definition of solid waste (“DSW”) rule.  (American Petroleum Institute, et al. v. EPA, No. 09-1038 (D.C. Cir. March 6, 2018)).  At issue in the case is a 2015 rule that determined when hazardous secondary materials are recycled and thus not subject to regulation under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (“RCRA”) as hazardous…