Government, parliamentary and legislative information on Environmental Affairs and Water.
Department of Environmental Affairs
The list of waste management activities that could have a detrimental effect on the environment have been published in terms of the National Environmental Management: Waste Act (2008).
In terms of the Waste Act the listed activities require a waste management licence and an environmental impact assessment.
Department of Health
The national environmental health policy document which provides a framework for the effective implementation of Environmental Health Services in South Africa has been published by the Department of Health.
The policy which aims to prevent and reduce health risks associated with environmental hazards is subject to the broader National Health Policy, the National Health Act (2003) and the regulations defining the Scope of the Profession of Environmental Health (1991).
According to a cabinet statement on this week’s final cabinet meeting of the year the cabinet has approved the White Paper on the National Environmental Management of the Ocean Policy, the National Water Policy Positions and the realignment of the Water Boards.
The White Paper on the National Environmental Management of the Ocean Policy aims to establish a co-ordinated sectoral management approach to ocean environmental management which will address the increasing challenges to the ocean environment as well as maximising the economic development potential that the ocean presents.
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