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.