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Commonwealth Government Seeks to Amend Domestic Legislation regulating the International Agreement on Hazardous Waste

The Hazardous Waste (Regulation of Exports And Imports) Amendment Bill 2016 (Cth) was introduced to the House of Representatives last week to implement Australia’s obligations under the international Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes. The Convention seeks to regulate the movement of hazardous materials internationally, providing minimum standards to support health and environmental protection for receiver countries. The Hazardous Waste (Regulation of Exports and Imports) Act 1989 (Cth), which implements the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes, currently only includes a limited level of cost recovery of hazardous waste import, export and transit movement permits. The proposed amendments allow for full cost recovery of the permitting scheme.

 

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