The Ministry of the Presidency and for Territorial Administrations of Spain issued Order PRA/905/2017, of September 21, which modifies Annexes I and II of Royal Decree 115/2017, of February 17, which regulates the marketing and handling of fluorinated gases and equipment based on the same, as well as the certification of the professionals that use them and by which the technical requirements are established for the installations that develop activities that emit fluorinated gases. This modification was made in accordance with the provisions of Royal Decree 115/2017, of February 17, which authorizes certain ministers to dictate the necessary provisions to update and modify the annexes of this Royal Decree, taking into account the regulatory developments on fluorinated greenhouse gases.
The modifications update Annex I to include activities for certificate accreditation in competence for the manipulation of fixed electrical switches that contain fluorinated GHGs. The modifications also update Annex II by replacing language regarding a training program course on handling of fixed electrical switches that contain fluorinated GHGs. The Order was published in the Official State Gazette on September 27, 2017 and entered into force, the following day, on September 28, 2017.
The Ministry of Natural Resources of Russia has developed an order for setting environmental quality standards. The draft resolution was sent to the federal executive bodies for approval. The draft resolution proposes to assess environmental quality by taking into account chemical, physical and biological indicators of the state through testing air, surface and groundwater, soil and land. The draft resolution is proposed to come into force on January 1, 2019.
Air quality is proposed to be determined on the basis of hygienic standards developed and approved by the legislation of the Russian Federation. The standards for quality of surface and groundwater are to be established by chemical and microbiological indicators. Surface waters of drinking and domestic water use facilities will have standards set at the level of hygiene requirements. In addition, waters designated for fishing and fish conservation will have standards set at approved levels in accordance with the legislation of fisheries and conservation of aquatic biological resources. Lastly, ecological standards for the quality of soils and lands are proposed to be established by considering the geographical zoning and legal status of lands along with normative values of chemical, physical, hydrological and other indicators.