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Eskom’s health studies

July 1, 2014 at 10:17 pm

In response to a Promotion of Access to Information Act, 2000 application by the Centre to Eskom for:

“copies of all research studies and reports conducted by or for Eskom since 1990 on the impacts of human health of the atmospheric emissions from Eskom’s coal-fired power stations and the costs associated with those health impacts, including but not limited to studies and reports prepared by Infotox (Pty) Ltd and Airshed Planning Professionals (Pty) Ltd”,

Eskom made two 2006 health studies it had commissioned available:

In making the reports available, Eskom advised: “after representation receive from a third party, we have decided to sever any mention made of the third party as they had no chance to comment on the findings in the report and they believe this could cause harm to their commercial and financial interest. This, as provided for, in terms of Section 36(1).”

 

Section 24 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996

Everyone has the right to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being; and to have the environment protected, for the benefit of present and future generations, through reasonable legislative and other measures that prevent pollution and ecological degradation; promote conservation; and secure ecologically sustainable development and use of natural resources while promoting justifiable economic and social development.

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