In response to the rupture of the Brumadinho dam (MG) on January 25th of this year, changes under study and already approved in the legislation aim to tighten the regulations of dams in Brazil. On June 25th, for example, the Chamber of Deputies approved three bills providing for specific regulations on environmental disasters caused by dams.
Executive Order ("MP", in its abbreviation in Portuguese) No. 884, published last Friday, June 14, amended the Forest Code (Law No. 12,651/2012), so as to determine that registration in the Rural Environmental Registry (CAR) "shall be mandatory for all rural properties and holdings." The amendment redrafted the third paragraph of article 29, which sets forth the end date for registration in the CAR.
The beginning of 2019 was marked by important normative changes in safety of dams, mainly mining dams, in order to tighten federal and state regulations.
The 1988 Federal Constitution was the first in Brazil to have a chapter dedicated to environmental protection, thereby accepting and reinforcing the environmental legislation of the time and promoting the creation of new rules. Learn about the...

If the high costs resulting from the construction and maintenance of offshore wind farms were not enough, the sector also faces legal uncertainty due to the lack of regulations for environmental licensing.
Ordinance No. 01/2017 of the Genetic Heritage Management Council (CGEN) and Federal Law No. 13,123/15 (the new legal framework for biodiversity, which repealed Presidential Decree No. 2,186-16/2001) established the date of November 6, 2018, as the final deadline for regularization or adaptation in the National System of Management of Genetic Heritage and Associated Traditional Knowledge (SisGen).
The Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (Ibama) published on August 14, 2018, Normative Instruction (IN) No. 18/2018, in order to allow more covered parties to join the fines conversion program. The new standard changes the transition rules set out in IN 06/2018 and, in practice, extends to 60 days the period originally established for covered parties to submit their requests to convert fines. With the change, adherence to the program may be requested until October 15, 2018.
Polychlorinated biphenyls, known as PCBs, are synthetic substances formed by a mixture of 209 chlorinated compounds. The Stockholm Convention, of which Brazil is a signatory, has classified PCBs as one of the twelve types of persistent organic pollutants (POPs), which are extremely polluting substances, which pose serious risks to the environment and human health and which should be phased out, according to the convention.
The Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (Ibama) published on August 14, 2018, Normative Instruction (IN) No. 18/2018, in order to allow more covered parties to join the fines conversion program. The new standard changes the transition rules set out in IN 06/2018 and, in practice, extends to 60 days the period originally established for covered parties to submit their requests to convert fines. With the change, adherence to the program may be requested until October 15, 2018.
Two new regulations issued by the Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (“Instituto Brasileiro do Meio Ambiente e dos Recursos Naturais Renováveis” - IBAMA) regulate the Federal Technical Register of Potentially Pollution Activities (CTF/APP). Effective as of June 29, IN No. 11/2018 and IN No. 12/2018 have brought about significant changes in the framework of activities subject to registration with the CTF/APP, unlike previous Ibama instructions published on the subject.
The Federal Supreme Court (STF) has recognized the existence of general repercussion of an appeal regarding the inapplicability of the statute of limitations on a claim aiming at civil compensation for environmental damage, in a judgment issued on June 1, 2018. Most of the Justices agreed with the reporting judge's opinion.
Decision No. 076/2018/C by the Board of Directors of the Environmental Agency of the State of São Paulo (Cetesb), which conditions the issuance or renewal of environmental licenses on the structuring and implementation of reverse logistics systems, accordance with the procedures set forth in the rule, will enter into force on June 4th.