DWQA QuestionsWhen do you need an environmental assessment?
baystfrancis Staff asked 7 months ago

When do you need an environmental assessment?

2 Answers
Janet Ebersohn Staff answered 7 months ago

Certain activities may not commence without environmental authorization from the competent authority.(DEDEA)
 
BAR (Basic Assessment Report):
 

  • If any activities in Listing Notice 1 (GN: 983) and 3 (GN: 985) are triggered.
  • These are smaller scale activities, the impacts of which are generally known and can be easily managed. Typically, these activities are considered less likely to have significant environmental impacts and, therefore, do not require a full-blown and detailed Environmental Impact Assessment.
  • Basic Assessment still requires public notice and participation, consideration of the potential environmental impacts of the activity, assessment of possible mitigation measures, and an assessment of whether there are any significant issues or impacts that might require further investigation.
  • The Basic Assessment Report must provide the Competent Authority with enough information to consider the Application and to reach a decision.
  • The proposed timeframe for completing a BAR is 107 days from application phase (all specialist reports must be completed before application phase can commence).

 
 
Scoping EIA:
 

  • If any activities in Listing Notice 2 (GN:984) is triggered.
  • requires a thorough environmental assessment for activities contained in Listing 2. Listing 2 are those activities that (due to their nature and/or extent) are likely to have significant impacts that cannot be easily predicted. They are therefore higher risk activities that are associated with potentially higher levels of pollution, waste and environmental degradation.
  • A Scoping Report (including Plan of Study) requires a description of the proposed activity and any feasible and reasonable alternatives, a description of the property and the environment that may be affected and the manner in which the biological, social, economic and cultural aspects of the environment may be impacted upon by the proposed activity; description of environmental issues and potential impacts, including cumulative impacts that have been identified, and details of the public participation process undertaken.
  • In addition, a Scoping Report must contain a roadmap for an Environmental Impact Assessment, referred to as the Plan of Study for the EIA, specifying the methodology to be used to assess the potential impacts, and the specialists or specialist reports that will be necessary.
  • The proposed time frame for completing a Scoping EIA  is 300 days from application phase (all specialist reports must be completed before application phase).

Please refer to the http://stfranciskrommetrust.co.za/enviro-assessments/ for possible activities that may be triggered in the Eastern Cape. 

Janet Ebersohn Staff answered 7 months ago

Certain activities may not commence without environmental authorization from the competent authority.(DEDEA)
 
BAR (Basic Assessment Report):
 

  • If any activities in Listing Notice 1 (GN: 983) and 3 (GN: 985) are triggered.
  • These are smaller scale activities, the impacts of which are generally known and can be easily managed. Typically, these activities are considered less likely to have significant environmental impacts and, therefore, do not require a full-blown and detailed Environmental Impact Assessment.
  • Basic Assessment still requires public notice and participation, consideration of the potential environmental impacts of the activity, assessment of possible mitigation measures, and an assessment of whether there are any significant issues or impacts that might require further investigation.
  • The Basic Assessment Report must provide the Competent Authority with enough information to consider the Application and to reach a decision.
  • The proposed timeframe for completing a BAR is 107 days from application phase (all specialist reports must be completed before application phase can commence).

 
 
Scoping EIA:
 

  • If any activities in Listing Notice 2 (GN:984) is triggered.
  • requires a thorough environmental assessment for activities contained in Listing 2. Listing 2 are those activities that (due to their nature and/or extent) are likely to have significant impacts that cannot be easily predicted. They are therefore higher risk activities that are associated with potentially higher levels of pollution, waste and environmental degradation.
  • A Scoping Report (including Plan of Study) requires a description of the proposed activity and any feasible and reasonable alternatives, a description of the property and the environment that may be affected and the manner in which the biological, social, economic and cultural aspects of the environment may be impacted upon by the proposed activity; description of environmental issues and potential impacts, including cumulative impacts that have been identified, and details of the public participation process undertaken.
  • In addition, a Scoping Report must contain a roadmap for an Environmental Impact Assessment, referred to as the Plan of Study for the EIA, specifying the methodology to be used to assess the potential impacts, and the specialists or specialist reports that will be necessary.
  • The proposed time frame for completing a Scoping EIA  is 300 days from application phase (all specialist reports must be completed before application phase).

Please refer to the http://stfranciskrommetrust.co.za/enviro-assessments/ for possible activities that may be triggered in the Eastern Cape.