A draft decree to reform the General Waste Law has been proposed in the Senate to strengthen Mexico's regulatory framework on the primary separation of urban solid waste. Under the Proposal, federal entities and municipalities would be charged with devising policies and promoting activities to encourage the primary separation of waste.
The Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (SCT) has published its responses to comments received on draft standard PROY-NOM-019-SCT2-2014, "Technical Specifications and General Provisions for Cleaning and Controlling Substance Residues and Hazardous Waste in Units that Transport Materials and Hazardous Waste." PROY-NOM-019 would apply to all shippers, motor carriers, and cleaning centers that utilize vehicles to transport substances, materials, and hazardous waste.
Senators from the Parliamentary Group of the Institutional Revolutionary Party have published a proposal urging the Secretariat of Environment (SEMARNAT) to coordinate with federal entities and municipalities to strengthen actions for the integral management of cells and batteries. The proposal also encourages SEMARNAT to conduct public awareness campaigns on the proper disposal of these products and the risks they pose to human health and the environment.
Under a Secretariat of Environment (SEMARNAT) Agreement, reporting facilities must use this methodology when: (i) it is not technically feasible to apply the methodologies under Article 7 of the Regulation to the General Climate Change Law; (ii) it is not technically feasible to determine the carbon content in the materials or substances used as fuels; or (iii) the standard deviation of the carbon content is greater than 10%. The Agreement enters into force five months after its publication in the Official Gazette.
These methodologies apply, as technically appropriate, to sectors, subsectors, and activities under Articles 4, 5, and 7 of the Regulation to the General Climate Change Law. The Agreement would enter into force following its publication in the Official Gazette.
From September 2014-June 2015, PROFEPA addressed 5,746 public complaints received through its online environmental complaints system, of which 6% pertained to hazardous waste contamination.