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This UK consultation is seeking views on the proposed Control of Mercury (Enforcement) Regulations, which are intended to implement the requirements of (EU) Regulation 2017/852 on Mercury. This EU Regulation, which was adopted in May 2017, is directly applicable in the UK. The proposed UK Regulations currently being consulted on are simply to designate enforcement authorities and offences.
EU Regulation 2017/852
The EU Regulation controls imports and exports of mercury between the EU and non-Member States, restricts the use of dental amalgam, sets requirements for the storage and disposal of mercury, and restricts the creation of new mercury-added products or new manufacturing processes involving from the 1 January 2018.
Proposed UK Mercury Regulations
It is proposed that a single set of UK-wide regulations be introduced, that would enable enforcement by relevant authorities in each devolved administration. The proposed UK Regulations would repeal the Mercury Export and Data (Enforcement) Regulations 2010. Further details of the proposed approach to the UK implementing legislation are outlined in Part III of the consultation document.
Who will the proposals be of interest too?
The consultation closes on 21 November 2017. A summary of consultation responses will be published within 12 weeks. UK Regulations will be laid in Parliament as soon as practicable, so that they can enter into force on 1 January 2018.
Further Information Defra on Gov.uk https://consult.defra.gov.uk/environmental-quality/control-of-mercury-enforcement-regulations-2017/
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