Notice Environmental Authorisation Issuance: Proposed Remediation of the Union Carbide Bon Accord Site in the City of Tshwane _ DFFE Ref: 14/12/16/3/3/3/402
Jones & Wagener (Pty) Ltd Engineering and Environmental Consultants (J&W) would like to inform you that Union Carbide South Africa (Proprietary) Limited (UCSA) has been granted an Environmental Authorisation (EA) for the remediation of the site located approximately 1.5 km west of the Apies River and 2 km north of the Bon Accord Dam on portion 25 of the farm Honingnestkrans 269 JR and portion 167 of De Onderstepoort 300 JR.
An Integrated Regulatory Process for an Environmental Authorisation, a Waste Management Licence and an Integrated Water Use Licence for the proposed remediation is being undertaken in terms of the 2014 Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) regulations (as amended in 2017) in terms of Section 24 of the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA), Act 107 of 1998 (as amended); the National Water Act (NWA), Act 36 of 1998 (as amended); and the National Environmental Management Waste Act (NEM:WA), Act 59 of 2008 (as amended). The Competent Authority for the Environmental Authorisation and the Waste Management Licence is the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) (previously known as the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA)) and the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) will be responsible for the evaluation of the Integrated Water Use Licence Application.
As you may well recall, the submissions were available for public review and final documents were submitted to the relevant authorities at the end of 2021.
The EA received is from the DFFE for activities which are triggered as mentioned in the table below as number 1 and 2 – under listing notices 1 and 3 respectively.
Activity 14 in terms of Category A of the National Environmental Management Waste Act is not authorised and the applicant will have to lodge a separate application with the DFFE for a Waste Management License.
The following activities were applied for in respect to the proposed rehabilitation activities:
|1.||EIA Regulations: Government Notice No. 327 of 7 April 2017, Listing Notice 1:||Activity 9, 24, 27||Approval received – EA as attached|
|2.||EIA Regulations: Government Notice No. 324 of 7 April 2017, Listing Notice 3:||Activity: 4, 12, 14||Approval received – EA as attached|
|3.||Water uses in terms of Section 21 of the National Water Act:||S21 (a), (b), (c), (g), (i)||Awaiting approval|
|4.||GNR 921 of 29 November 2013, published under the National Environmental Management Waste Act:||Category A 3 (14)||Awaiting approval|
The EA (attached) was granted by the DFFE on 11 April 2023, in terms of the National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (Act No.107 of 1998) as amended and the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Regulations – GNR 982 to GNR 985 of 4 December 2014, as amended.
As required, all registered interested and affected parties must be notified of the decision within 14 days of the of the date of receiving the Department’s decision. We would hereby like to draw your attention to the EIA Regulations, 2014 (attached), which prescribes the appeal procedure to be followed. As Interested and Affected Parties you will have the opportunity to appeal any aspect of the decision within 20 days of this notification.
Should any party wish to appeal any aspect of the decision, an appeal must be submitted to the appeal administrator, and a copy of the appeal to the applicant within 20 days of the date the EA was sent to Interested and Affected Parties. Please find attached a notification that provides the necessary contact details of the relevant DFFE contact persons.
Please note that the reasons and decisions for granting the authorisation are included in the EA.
Should you require any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us.