PROPOSED REGULATIONS TO PHASE-OUT THE USE OF PERSISTENT ORGANIC POLLUTANTS
Title: Proposed Regulations to Phase-out the use of Persistent Organic Pollutants
Government Gazette Notice: GN 744 in GG 41790 of 24 July 2018
Commencing date: Not yet specified
The Minister of Environmental Affairs has given notice of her 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 107 of 1998.
The purpose of the proposed Regulations is to prescribe the requirements for the phase-out of the use, production, distribution, import and export of the chemicals listed in the proposed regulations. Furthermore, the phase-out of these chemicals will ensure that impacts or potential impacts on human health, well-being, safety and environment are prevented, mitigated or minimised.
The listed chemicals include the following chemicals and formulations containing the following chemicals:
• Peflourooctane Sulfonic Acids, its salts (PFOS) and Perfourooctane Sulfonyl Fluoride;
• Hexabromophenyl Ether and Heptabromodiphenyl Ether; and
• Tetrabromodiphenyl Ether and Pentabromodiphenyl Ether
The proposed Regulations includes notification, development of phase-out plans and reporting duties that will be imposed on users, producers, distributors, importers or exporters of listed chemicals.
Members of the public are invited to submit their written representations on, or objections to, the proposed Regulations to the Minister of Environmental Affairs. Written representations must be submitted within 30 days of the publication of the Notice. For a copy of the notice click here