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Drafting the executive regulations on the import, export and transit of waste based on the provisions of the Basel Convention

Considering the need to pay special attention to the importance of monitoring and controlling cross-border transfers of wastes subject to the Basel Convention due to their hazardous nature, the Environmental Protection Agency Presented the review and approval process to the government.
According to the information base of the Cabinet Office, following the membership of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the Basel Convention on the Control of Overseas Transfers of Harmful Waste and Their Disposal (approved by the Islamic Consultative Assembly on 6/31/1371), any overseas transportation Special wastes (hazardous) and other wastes or through the country within the framework of the laws and regulations of the Basel Convention. The convention was ratified by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) on March 22, 1989, in response to concerns from developing countries about their limited technical and financial capabilities to combat the illegal accumulation of hazardous waste. It came into force in May 1992. The Convention currently has 188 members. In this regard, the Deputy Minister of Human Environment of the Environmental Protection Agency is the competent authority of the country for the said convention. It should be noted that the follow-up and implementation of all provisions of the Convention except the issuance of import-export and transit licenses for waste is done through the Office of Waste Management and the issuance of these licenses in accordance with the instructions and procedures announced and in accordance with the provisions of the Convention The human environment will be done with the final approval of the competent authority. Accordingly, the Environmental Protection Agency drafted the “Executive Regulations on the Import, Export and Transit of Waste in accordance with the provisions of the Basel Convention” in the specialized committee under the National Waste Working Group with representatives of relevant agencies including the Ministries of Industry, Mines and Trade Export and Import and the Office of Health, Safety, Environment and Energy), Roads and Urban Development, Foreign Affairs and Customs in March 2016 has been prepared and compiled to the government for review and approval. The proposal is currently being considered by the government’s Infrastructure, Industry and Environment Commission.

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