November 2017: New regulations

A round-up of new regulations from the TRANSFORM November issue.

EC consulting on the evaluation of the Batteries Directive

Enters into force: ​6 September 2017


The European Commission is consulting on the application and suitability of the Batteries Directive, to determine if its objectives have been met and sufficiently implemented across the member states.


Consultation on updates to the Public and Private Drinking Water Regulations

Enters into force: 12 September 2017


DEFRA is seeking views on plans to update the Water Supply (Water Quality) Regulations 2016 and the Private Water Supplies (England) Regulations 2016, to bring them in line with the updated Drinking Water Directive 1998.  



Enters into force: 4 September 2017 


Decision (EU) 2017/1525 extends the validity of the ecological criteria for the award of the EU Ecolabel to converted paper product until 31 December 2020. 


New Landfill Disposals Tax regime for Wales

Enters into force: 7 September 2017


The Landfill Disposals Tax (Wales) Act 2017 will replace the Landfill Tax in Wales, and will take effect from April 2018. Decisions on tax rates will be made in Autumn 2017.


The Environmental Impact Assessment (Agriculture) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017

Enters into force: 25 September 2017

Northern Ireland

The Environmental Impact Assessment (Agriculture) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017 take into account changes made in 2014 to the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive 2011. 


The Building (Amendment) Regulations 2017

Enters into force: 1 October 2017   

England, Wales

The Building (Amendment) Regulations 2017 update the list of competent person schemes, which installers can register with to self-certify that their building work complies with the Building Regulations 2010.  


Transposition of Directive 2014/94/EU on alternative fuels infrastructure

Enters into force: 9 October 2017 

England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland

The Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulations 2017 impose a set of standards and functionality for certain alternative fuel infrastructure, such as electricity and hydrogen for vehicles and seagoing ships. 


The Public Water Supplies (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2017

Enters into force: 27 October 2017 


The Public Water Supplies (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2017 and the Water Intended for Human Consumption (Private Supplies) (Scotland) Regulations 2017 aim to make sure water supplies meet water quality standards.


Use of unbound IBAA in certain construction activities: RPS 206

Enters into force: 19 September 2017 


The Environment Agency has issued a Regulatory Position Statement for unbound municipal incinerator bottom ash aggregate in certain construction activities, meaning an environmental permit normally won’t be needed. 


Monitoring discharges to water and sewer: M18 guidance note

Enters into force: 25 September 2017 


Technical Guidance Note M18 has been updated, and provides guidance for Environment Agency staff, monitoring contractors, industry and other parties interested in the monitoring of discharges to water. 

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