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    Is Chile Ready?

    By Keith R | August 30, 2009

    Topics: Chemicals, Environmental Governance, Hazardous Substances, Waste & Recycling | No Comments »

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    According to the blog of the University of Chile’s Environmental Law Center (DCA), Environment Minister Ana Lya Uriarte assured them the other day that Chile is ready to assume all the environmental standard commitments that will come with its membership, currently under negotiation, in the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).  She pointed confidently to the OECD reviews of Chile’s environment policy, and the “re-design” of its environment institutions represented by the bill pending in Congress.

    While a good start, it is just a start.  OECD membership brings more with it than policy reviews and institutional upgrades.  New members to the OECD commit to reflect existing and new OECD Council Decisions in their national legislation [OECD Decisions are considered binding for OECD member states].  In the environment field there are several, most of them associated with chemicals or waste:

    I haven’t checked the minutae of Chilean law recently, but last I looked, it wasn’t quite aligned with the related OECD instruments on waste trade or chemicals.

    The OECD also has many Recommendations in the environment field.  While not binding, many of them — such as the on detergents — are widely observed by member states.  The related Recommendations include:


    * There are also a long list of amendments to the Decision regarding the addition of new testing guidelines and revision of existing guidelines:

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