An article titled, “Blind Spots in Addressing Environmental/Waste Regulations in Business Operations ~ Solid Responses to Regulations/Authorities to Avoid Fatal Risks ~ [Part 1] ‘Various Municipal Environmental Ordinances That Differ from Laws and Regulations and Associated Legal Risks,’” written by Kenji Sarukura, was posted on “Business & Law.”
II. Numerous environmental laws and regulations and various municipal ordinances
III. Difficulties in staying informed of and managing ordinances of all municipalities
IV. Fatal breaches of laws, regulations and ordinances/directors’ responsibilities
V. Examples of failures and problems concerning management of ordinances
VI. Frequent promulgation and amendment of municipal ordinances
The number of regulations governing the environment and waste is significantly large compared to other fields of law, and there are rules, notices, guidelines, etc., corresponding to each law or regulation as well as municipalities’ own ordinances, regulations and guidelines. Accordingly, the contents of the regulations that the companies need to understand (such as permits, registrations, notifications and periodical reporting requirements) are extremely wide-ranging and complicated.
Even for a general manufacturing company that does not engage in businesses relating to environment/waste treatment, the Waste Cleaning Act and other environmental laws and regulations can be shackles if, for example, side products or bi-products generated by any group company in the course of their manufacturing process are diverted or reused as materials for other businesses, and it is particularly difficult to deal with the authorities. Therefore, these regulations are an agonizing issue for many companies.
These series of articles explain blind spots in addressing environmental/waste regulations in business operations that is necessary for avoiding fatal risks and for solidly responding to the regulations/authorities.
This first article focuses on blind spots for companies regarding “various municipal environmental ordinances that differ from laws and regulations, and associated legal risks” in relation to the environmental/waste regulations that should be noted by companies.