ENVIRONMENTAL LICENSING AND PERMITTING
ENVIRONMENTAL LICENSING AND PERMITTING
I-CAT’s Environmental consulting division provides environmental consulting services to the mining, transport, supply chain, manufacturing and commercial development sectors in the public and private sectors. We specialize in conducting environmental licensing and permitting application processes:
Environmental Authorisations in terms of National Environmental Management Act (Act 107 of 1998)
I-CAT’s environmental consultants can assist you with the undertaking of Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) and Basic Assessments (BA) as required in terms of the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA) and Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations (2014). Environmental Impact Assessments are carried out to identify, assess, predict and mitigate biophysical, economic and social impacts of developments in the public and private sectors. The Environmental Impact Assessment process assist companies to comply with legislative and regulatory requirements and inform decision making processes.
Water Use Licenses in terms of National Water Act (Act 36 of 1998)
I-CAT’s environmental solutions team has dedicated waste and water consultants which can assist you with your Water Use License Applications (WULA) as required in terms of Section 21 of the National Water Act (Act 36 of 1998)(NWA).
The purpose of the NWA is to ensure that the nation’s water resources are protected, developed, conserved, managed and controlled. Sections 40 and 42 of NWA provides for the responsible authority to request Public Participation (PP) and an assessment of the likely effect of the proposed License in terms of the protection, use, development, conservation, management and control of the water resource. The NWA defines eleven (11) consumptive and non-consumptive Section 21 water uses:
- Taking water from a water resource;
- Storing water;
- Impeding or diverting the flow of water in a watercourse;
- Engaging in a stream flow reduction activity;
- Engaging in a controlled activity;
- Discharging waste or water containing waste into a water resource through a pipe, canal, sewer or other conduit;
- Disposing of waste in a manner which may detrimentally impact on a water resource;
- Disposing in any manner of water which contains waste from, or which has been heated in, any industrial or power generation process;
- Altering the bed, banks, course or characteristics of a watercourse;
- 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.
The Water Use License Application process includes inter alia:
- Development of Application Report
- Completion of License and Registration Forms
- Conducting Public Participation
- Specialist Assessments
- Surface Water
- Development of Integrated Water and Waste Management Plans
- Section 27 Motivation
- Project Management and Authority liaison
Prospecting and Mining Permit and Mining Right Applications in terms of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (Act 28 of 2002) and National Environmental Management Act (Act 107 of 1998) (NEMA) (as amended).
I-CAT’s environmental solutions team has dedicated environmental consultants specializing in prospecting and mining right applications. The required environmental authorisation process to be undertaken for any mining activities must be conducted in terms of the “One Environmental System” (OES). In terms of the “One Environmental System” fixed timeframes for the consideration and issuing of decisions in terms of the respective legislation is agreed to and the processes to be followed in terms of the respective legislation is synchronized and integrated.
The aim of the OES is to:
- Integrate the mining industry into the environmental authorisation and management process which is applicable to all other industries
- Streamline the licensing process for mining, environmental authorisations and water use
- Reduce over regulation in the mining sector
- Reduce duplication in MPRDA &NEMA
- Improve integration and alignment and
- Promote co-operative governance
- Increase investment in SA mining industry
Section 102 EMPR Amendment Applications (MPRDA)
In terms of Section 102) of the MPRDA, a mine may not amend a Mining Right, a Mining Works Programme, Environmental Management Programme or an Environmental Authorisation without the written consent of the Minister. In practice, the DMR expects the holder of a mining right to conduct and submit an EIA and EMP prior to the mentioned consent being granted for the EMP amendment.
Specific Environmental Management Acts (SEMA):
I-CAT’s environmental solutions team can assist you with all your environmental licensing requirements required under any Specific Environmental Management Act (SEMA). SEMA’s all fall under the auspices of the overarching National Environmental Management Act (NEMA).
The full list of SEMA’s which our environmental team specializes are:
1. National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act (57 of 2003), known as the NEM:PAA
The Act provides for the protection and conservation of ecologically viable areas representative of South Africa’s biological diversity and its natural landscapes and seascapes; for the establishment of a national register of all national, provincial and local protected areas; for the management of those areas in accordance with national norms and standards; for intergovernmental co-operation and public consultation in matters concerning protected areas; and for matters in connection therewith.
2. National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act (10 of 2004), known as the NEM:BA
The Act provides for the management and conservation of South Africa’s biodiversity within the framework of the National Environmental Management Act, 1998; the protection of species and ecosystems that warrant national protection, the sustainable use of indigenous biological resource; the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from bioprospecting involving indigenous biological resources; the establishment and functions of SANBI; and for matters connected herewith.
3. National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act (39 of 2004), known as the NEM:AQA
The Act makes provision for reasonable measures for the prevention of pollution and ecological degradation and for securing ecologically sustainable development while promoting justifiable economic and social development; t provide for national norms and standards regulating air quality monitoring, management and control by all spheres of government for specific air quality measures; and for matters incidental hereto.
4. National Environmental Management: Integrated Coastal Management Act (24 of 2008), known as the NEM:ICMA
The Act is intended “to preserve, protect, extend and enhance the status of coastal public property as being held in trust by the State on behalf of all South Africans, including future generations.”
5. National Environmental Management: Waste Act (59 of 2008), known as the NEM:WA
The Act aims to reform the law regulating waste management in order to protect health and the environment by providing reasonable measures for the prevention of pollution and ecological degradation and for securing ecologically sustainable development; to provide for institutional arrangements and planning matters; to provide for national norms and standards for regulating the management of waste by all spheres of government; to provide for specific waste management measures; to provide for the licensing and control of waste management activities; to provide for the remediation of contaminated land; to provide for the national waste information system; to provide for compliance and enforcement; and to provide for matters connected therewith
Section 24G Rectification Applications (NEMA)
Our environmental solutions consulting team specialize in applications for rectification of unlawful commencement or continuation of listed activities under NEMA and the Waste Act.
The EIA Regulations have identified activities that may result in substantial impacts to the environment. The regulations require that an environmental impact assessment process be undertaken for these activities and submitted to the relevant authority for consideration. Commencement with any of the listed activities prior to obtaining authorisation from the relevant authority is prohibited by these regulations and constitutes an offence. Unauthorised commencement or continuation of activities identified in terms of the Environment Impact Assessment Regulations can be rectified by means of an application to the Minister or relevant MEC, depending on who will be the competent authority for such authorisation in accordance with the current delegations, in terms of Section 24G of NEMA.
LEGAL AND PERFORMANCE AUDITING
I-CAT’s environmental solutions team has in-house auditors and specialists to conduct the following legal and performance assessments…
LEGAL AND PERFORMANCE AUDITING
I-CAT’s environmental solutions team has in-house auditors and specialists to conduct the following legal and performance assessments:
- Environmental Compliance Audits
- Environmental Gap Audits
- External Water Use License Audits
- External Air Emission License Audits
- External Waste Management License Audits
- Environmental Due Diligence Assessments
- Environmental Management Programme / Plan (EMPr) Compliance and Performance Assessments
- Environmental Authorization (EA / ROD) Compliance Audits
- Environmental Control Officer (ECO) services – construction and operational
- Post construction Audits
- Operational Environmental Audits
- GN 704 Audits
I-CAT’s environmental consulting division offers a range of environmental monitoring solutions in the mining and industrial sectors as set out in the relevant legal standards. Our environmental technicians conducts air quality monitoring to measure and monitor air pollution, ensure compliance with national legislation, evaluate control options, and provide data for air quality modeling…
I-CAT’s environmental consulting division offers a range of environmental monitoring solutions in the mining and industrial sectors as set out in the relevant legal standards. Our environmental technicians conducts air quality monitoring to measure and monitor air pollution, ensure compliance with national legislation, evaluate control options, and provide data for air quality modeling. I-CAT Environmental Solutions has the capability to assist client with passive and active sampling techniques including dust emissions and stack emission monitoring, analysis and reporting. There are a number of different methods to measure any given pollutant, varying in complexity, reliability, and detail of data.
Dust fallout monitoring and reporting
Dust fallout monitoring entails monthly dust fallout monitoring, analysis and reporting as required in terms of the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act (Act 39 of 2004) and the National Dust Control Regulations, 2013 (GN 827). Dust fallout monitoring and analysis is carried out in accordance with the American Society for Testing and Materials Standard Method (ASTM D-1739).
Emissions monitoring and reporting
Emission monitoring entails the undertaking of air quality monitoring techniques to comply with provisions of an Air Emission Licenses issued i.t.o the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act (Act 39 of 2004). I-CAT Environmental Solution has a suite of expertise to assist clients with Emission Monitoring to characterise and measure air pollutant emissions. The measurement of both type and quantity of air pollutants is an important part of complying with Air Emission License provisions and obtaining data to implement a meaningful control program.
Typical monitoring parameters include:
- Total dust fallout
- PM10PM5SOX, NOXNONO202CO
Water (surface and groundwater) monitoring and reporting
I-CAT Environmental has extensive experience in surface and ground water monitoring and reporting programs which can assist clients in the mining, agricultural and industrial sectors.Our monitoring is line with relevant SANS requirements and our services includes:
- Monthly, quarterly and annual water quality monitoring and reporting to comply with provisions of and Water Use License (WUL) issued in terms of the National Water Act (Act 36 of 1998) and other environmental performance indicators.
- Baseline water quality monitoring assessments and reporting (Surface water quality and Ground water quality)
- SASS 5 Bio-monitoring (South African Scoring System Version 5)
- Environmental Investigation water quality monitoring (spillages, water pollution containment, etc.)
Noise monitoring and reporting
Noise assessment entails the physical scoping and a measurement survey to assess the nature of the existing noise environment and to determine typical existing, i.e. predevelopment outdoor ambient sound levels in the area. All baseline noise assessments are conducted in terms of the relevant SANS standards.
SUSTAINABILITY AND INTEGRATED REPORTING
I-CAT Environmental Solutions can assist you with your sustainability and integrated reporting requirements in line with the relevant reporting standard (Global Reporting Initiative G4)…
SUSTAINABILITY AND INTEGRATED REPORTING
I-CAT Environmental Solutions can assist you with your sustainability and integrated reporting requirements in line with the relevant reporting standard (Global Reporting Initiative G4). Reporting on economic, environmental, social and governance performance as set out in the standard. We accurately present your organization’s values and governance models in a holistic manner, whilst determining the link between your strategy and commitment to a sustainable global economy.
GREEN STAR RATING
I-CAT Environmental has in-house Green Star Accredited Professionals to assist you with the Green Star SA rating of your building. The Green Star Rating System has been developed by the Green Building Council SA (GBCSA), it provides a menu of green measures that can be used in the design, construction and management of a building to make it more sustainable…
GREEN STAR RATING
I-CAT Environmental has in-house Green Star Accredited Professionals to assist you with the Green Star SA rating of your building. The Green Star Rating System has been developed by the Green Building Council SA (GBCSA), it provides a menu of green measures that can be used in the design, construction and management of a building to make it more sustainable. I-CAT specializes in design and/or as-built certifications for Offices, Retail Centers and Multi-Unit Residential type developments. The Green Star SA rating tools utilized provides an objective measurement for green buildings in South Africa to recognise and reward environmental leadership in the property industry. The following categories are included in the Green Star rating tools:
- Indoor Environmental Quality
- Land use and Ecology