Environmental Authorisation, a Waste Management Licence and an Integrated Water Use Licence - VDDC

An Integrated Regulatory Process for Environmental Authorisation, a Waste Management Licence and an Integrated Water Use Licence for proposed infrastructure development at Vandyksdrift Central (VDDC) in eMalahleni Local Municipality

Consultation Scoping Report: Available from 8 October to 7 November 2018

Project:           Application for Environmental Authorisation, a Waste Management Licence and an Integrated Water Use Licence for proposed infrastructure development at Vandyksdrift Central (VDDC)

Client:             South32 SA Coal Holdings (Pty) Limited

Jones & Wagener Engineering and Environmental Consultants (J&W) has been appointed by South32 SA Coal Holdings to conduct a Scoping and Environmental Impact Assessment Reporting (S&EIAR) process, integrated with a Waste Management Licence Application (WMLA) and an Integrated Water Use Licence Application (IWULA) for the development of infrastructure at Vandyksdrift Central (VDDC) which is part of the Wolvekrans Colliery.

The following activities will be applied for:

National Environmental Management Act (NEMA) (Act 107 of 1998):

Activity

Description of Activity

Comment

Listing Notice 1 of 2014, as amended (GNR 327 dated 7 April 2017)

9

The development of infrastructure exceeding 1 000 metres in length for the bulk transportation of water or stormwater —

(i)     with an internal diameter of 0,36 metres or more

Pipelines for conveyance of water will be 600 mm in diameter

10

The development and related operation of infrastructure exceeding 1 000 metres in length for the bulk transportation of sewage, effluent, process water, waste water, return water, industrial discharge or slimes –

(i)     with an internal diameter of 0,36 metres or more

Pipelines for conveyance of mine impacted water will be 600 mm in diameter

12

The development of —

(i)        dams or weirs, where the dam or weir, including infrastructure and water surface area, exceeds 100 square metres; or

(ii)       infrastructure or structures with a physical footprint of 100 square metres or more;

where such development occurs —

(a)    within a watercourse; (b) in front of a development setback; or (c) if no development setback exists, within 32 metres of a watercourse, measured from the edge of a watercourse

· New proposed pollution control dam and explosives magazine will be located within close proximity to watercourses
· Other infrastructure and its position in relation to watercourses will be confirmed

19

The infilling or depositing of any material of more than 10 cubic metres into, or the dredging, excavation, removal or moving of soil, sand, shells, shell grit, pebbles or rock of more than 10 cubic metres from a watercourse

May be relevant, as a result of close proximity of some infrastructure (e.g. pollution control dam) to watercourses.

24

The development of a road — (ii) with a reserve wider than 13,5 meters, or where no reserve exists where the road is wider than 8 metres;

New haul roads will be 40 m wide.

56

The widening of a road by more than 6 metres, or the lengthening of a road by more than 1 kilometre

May be relevant to upgrading of existing haul road and underpass below the R575 provincial road.

Listing Notice 2 of 2014, as amended (GNR 325 dated 7 April 2017)

6

The development of facilities or infrastructure for any process or activity which requires a permit or licence or an amended permit or licence in terms of national or provincial legislation governing the generation or release of emissions, pollution or effluent

An application for a water use licence will be lodged with the Department of Water and Sanitation.

15

The clearance of an area of 20 hectares or more of indigenous vegetation

 

Total area to be cleared to develop the infrastructure will be more than 20 ha.

National Environmental Management: Waste Act (NEM: WA) (Act 50 of 2008):

Activity

Description of Activity

Comment

Category B, Activity 4(10):

The construction of a facility for a waste management activity listed in Category B of this Schedule (not in isolation to associated waste management activity)

Construction of mine residue facilities referred to below

Category B, Activity 4(11):

The establishment or reclamation of a residue stockpile or residue deposit resulting from activities which require a mining right, exploration right or production right in terms of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002 (Act No 28 of 2002)

Boxcut spoils dumps

Overburden dumps

Slurry paddocks and day area

National Water Act (NWA) (Act 36 of 1998):

Water use

 

Description of Activity

21 (c) and/or (i)

Impeding or diverting the flow of water in a watercourse and/or Altering the bed, banks, course or characteristics of a watercourse

Development of infrastructure within watercourses, or within 500 m from watercourses

21(g)

Disposing of waste in a manner which may detrimentally impact on a water resource

Pollution Control Dam

Slurry ponds and day area, with associated return water dam

Overburden dumps

Dust suppression using mine impacted water

21(j)

Removing, discharging or disposing of water found underground if it is necessary for the efficient continuation of an activity or for the safety of people

Dewatering of the pit as mining proceeds.

A Consultation Scoping Report is available for public review from 8 October to 7 November 2018 as follows:

Person

Location

Contact

 

Printed Copies

 

Ms J Rozmairek

eMalahleni Library

Tel: (013) 699 1057

 

Electronic Copies

 

 

www.jaws.co.za

 

Anelle Lötter

Phone and request a CD copy

Tel: (012) 667 4860

Interested and Affected Parties (I&APs) are invited to participate by providing comments and raising issues of concern regarding the proposed project. To register as an I&AP and to receive copies of documents please contact:  Jones & Wagener Engineering & Environmental Consultants, Anelle Lötter / Tolmay Hopkins, Tel: (012) 667 4860, Email: anelle@jaws.co.za / tolmay@jaws.co.za or at P O Box 1434, Rivonia, 2128.

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