Statutory instrument on environment and wildlife

Amends legislation concerning persistant organic pollutants (POPs), timber, European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register, transfrontier waste shipments, Nagoya protocol, mercury, CITES wildlife convention

Document title: The Environment and Wildlife (Legislative Functions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

Document reference: SI 2019/473

Summary: Amends legislation concerning persistant organic pollutants (POPs), timber, European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register, transfrontier waste shipments, Nagoya protocol, mercury, CITES wildlife convention. Transfers power from European Commission to Secretary of State and devolved administrations to amend waste concentration limits of POPs or ban/restrict use in accordance with international agreements; transfers Commission power to recognise FLEGT licensing schemes for timber exports to the Secretary of State; transfers power from Commission to Secretary of State and devolved administrations to start reporting procedures on pollutant releases from diffuse sources as set out in a UNECE protocol; transfers powers to change and establish control procedures for international waste shipments to the Secretary of State; transfers power and duty to establish a register of genetic collections, compliance procedures to the Secretary of State; transfers the power to stablishes measures and conditions concerning the use, storage, manufacture of and trade in mercury products to the Secretary of State and devolved administrations; gives Secretary of State and devolved administrations power to establish Best Available Techniques (BATs) for industrial emissions; gives Secretary of State power to establish general restrictions on import of protected species under CITES convention.

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