State Government of Rio Grande do Sul enacts new rules on environmental licensing competence and specific requirements for commercial trade of pesticides
In March, 2018, new rules were published regulating the environmental licensing in the State of Rio Grande do Sul. The Department of Environment and Sustainable Development (“SEMA”) jointly with the State Foundation for Environmental Protection (“FEPAM”) and the State Department of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (“SEAPI”), published Joint Ordinance SEMA/FEPAM/SEAPI No 04/2018, establishing new requirements and technical conditions for the environmental licensing and registration of establishments that sell pesticides, its components and others. Also, State Environmental Council (“CONSEMA”) issued Resolution No. 372/2018, establishing criteria for defining the limits of the municipal and state environmental competences. The resolution also sets forth transitional rules for the ongoing environmental licensing procedures, according to Federal Complementary Law No 140/2011.