National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (Act No 107 of 1998)
I, Bomo Edith Edna Molewa, Minister of Environmental Affairs, hereby give notice of my intention to make regulations to phase-out the use of Persistent Organic Pollutants, under Section 44(1)(aA), read with Section 47 of the National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (Act No 107 of 1998).
The country is a party to an International Convention (Stockholm Convention) on Persistent Organic Pollutants which is a global treaty that protects human health and the environment from chemicals that remain intact in the environment for long periods, become widely distributed geographically, accumulate in the fatty tissue of humans and wildlife, and have harmful impacts on human health and environment. The Stockholm Convention obliges party countries to ban the use of certain persistent organic pollutants listed for elimination by the Conference of Parties convened by the Secretariat every second year. The Department of Environmental Affairs is a Designated National Authority responsible for the implementation of the provisions of the Stockholm Convention.
The overall intention of the draft regulations is to set out the requirements for the phase-out of listed Persistent Organic Pollutants, through setting out the timeframes in which users, producers, importers and exporters must have completely phased-out listed Persistent Organic Pollutants and should also state when safer alternatives to listed Persistent Organic Pollutants will be introduced.
Members of the public are invited to submit to the Minister, within 60 days of publication of this notice in the Gazette, written representations or objections to the following addresses: By post to: The Director-General, Department of Environmental Affairs, Attention: Mrs Salome Margaret Molefe, Private Bag X447, Pretoria 0001
By hand at: Environment House (Reception), 473 Steve Biko Street, Pretoria, Arcadia 0082
By e-mail: SMolefe@environment.gov.za
Any enquiries relating to this notice may be forwarded to Mrs Salome Margaret Molefe at (012) 399-9845.
Comments received after the closing date may not be considered.