RSK Legislation Update

posted 18.04.2013


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Natural Resources Wales

 From the 1st April 2013 Natural Resources Wales became the new regulator for Wales.  Natural Resources Wales brings together the work of the Countryside Council for Wales, Environment Agency Wales and Forestry Commission Wales, as well as some functions of Welsh Government.  If activities undertaken before the 1st April were managed and enforced by one or more of the listed agencies these are now under the jurisdiction of Natural Resources Wales.  The agencies purpose is to ensure that the natural resources of Wales are sustainably maintained, enhanced and used, now and in the future.

Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013

 The Act establishes the requirement for scrap metal dealers to become licensed.  Those taking scrap metal to a dealer must ensure the facility is licensed and be prepared to verify their identity by providing approved forms of identification.  A scrap metal licence is issued by the Local Authority and comes in two forms. A site licence authorises the licensee to carry out business at the site. A collector?s licence allows the licensee to carry out business as a mobile collector. A licence is valid for 3 years. A register of dealers is maintained by the Environment Agency.

Records of metals bought and disposed of must be maintained for three years following the transaction.

The Timber and Timber Products (Placing on the Market) Regulations 2013 (SI 2013/233)

 The regulations place an obligation on operators who place timber and timber products on the market; and they establish a system for managing due diligence; the frequency and nature of the checks on monitoring organisations as stipulated in the EU Timber Regulation .It is an offence to place illegally harvested timber on the market.  It establishes an obligation to exercise due diligence in the sourcing, sale and purchase of timber and evidence of these due diligence checks needs to be maintained.  Timber placed on the market, sold and purchased must be traceable to a legal source.  The enforcement authority has the right to enter premises, seize timber and to issue remedial notices.  Penalties for committing an offence under these regulations include imprisonment, a fine or both.

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