NATIONAL GUIDELINE ON MINIMUM INFORMATION REQUIREMENTS FOR PREPARING ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENTS FOR MINING ACTIVITIES THAT REQUIRE ENVIRONMENTAL AUTHORISATION
Title: National Guideline on Minimum Information Requirements for preparing Environmental Impact Assessments for Mining Activities that Require Environmental Authorisation
Government Gazette Notice: Notice No 104 in GG 14134 of 8 February 2018
Commencing date: Not yet specified
The Minister of Environmental Affairs gave a notice of intent to publish the above-mentioned Minimum Information Requirements (“MIR”) guideline in terms of section 24J of the National Environmental Management Act 107 of 1998 (“NEMA”) on 9 February 2018.
The purpose of the MIR guideline is to allow for a more standardised approach during the compilation of Environmental Impact Assessments (“EIA’s”) for mining activities. Furthermore, it aims to encourage the submission of high quality information to the DMR to inform decision making. The core objective of the MIR guideline is to set out and identify the key aspects that need to be considered and assessed during the EIA process and to highlight environmental outcomes to be achieved.
The MIR guideline only provides guidance for mining activities and not for petroleum activities. The guideline also does not provide for guidance on financial provision.
Members of the public are invited to submit written comments or inputs on the proposed MIR guideline to the Director General, Department of Environmental Affairs, within 30 days of publication of this notice.