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Invitation to comment: Draft Regulations to prohibit the production, distribution, import, export, sale and use of Persistent Organic Pollutants

30 September 2020

On 30 September 2020, the Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries published draft Regulations to prohibit the production, distribution, import, export, sale and use of Persistent Organic Pollutants.

The public is requested to comment on the draft Regulations within 30 days (i.e. before 30 October 2020).

“Persistent Organic Pollutants” are defined as chemicals that are of global concern due to their potential for long-range transport, persistence in the environment, ability to bio- magnify and bio- accumulate ecosystems, as well as their significant negative effects on human health and the environment.

The draft Regulations to prohibit the production, distribution, import, export, sale and use of Persistent Organic Pollutants are avilable here.

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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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