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New Full Disclosure Report: How a broken regulatory system allows Mpumalanga coal mines to pollute water with impunity

New Full Disclosure Report: How a broken regulatory system allows Mpumalanga coal mines to pollute water with impunity

3 July 2019

A new report on the compliance of eight large coal mining operations in Mpumalanga, released by the Centre for Environmental Rights today, has uncovered many cases of significant non-compliance with water use licences – licences which are an essential requirement for the commencement of their mining activities. The report, which forms part of the CER’s… continued

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Section 24of 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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