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Call for Comment by 4 September 2020: Minister gives notice of intention to exclude certain activities from the requirement to obtain environmental authorisation and adopt Standards, Procedures and EMPrs.

31 July 2020

On 31 July 2020 the Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries published various notices relating to proposed Environmental Management Programmes, Standards and Procedures under the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA) calling for comment within 30 days. According to a media release from the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, the deadline for comment has been extended to 4 September 2020.

The following give notice of the Minister’s intention to exclude certain activities from the requirement to obtain environmental authorisation under NEMA and her intention to adopt generic Environmental Management Programmes (EMPr) or Standards for the particular activity:

The Minister is also seeking comment within 30 days on her intention to identify procedures to be followed when applying for or deciding on an environmental authorisation for:

The Minister is seeking comment on her intention to adopt a Standard for the Development of Electricity Transmission and Distribution Infrastructure within identified geographical areas:

See the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries’ media release on the matter – granting extension until 4 September 2020 to submit comment at https://www.environment.gov.za/mediarelease/creecy_extensiongranted_redzandenvironmentalprocesses

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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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