Air qual­ity: Sa­sol mostly com­plies

The Star Early Edition - - COMPANIES - Siseko Njobeni

SA­SOL could seek fur­ther post­pone­ments in re­spect of com­pli­ance with the Na­tional Am­bi­ent Air Qual­ity Stan­dards beyond 2025, ex­ec­u­tive vice-pres­i­dent for op­er­a­tions, Bernard Klin­gen­berg, said yes­ter­day.

In 2004, the govern­ment in­tro­duced the air qual­ity stan­dards to in­tro­duce a new ap­proach to air qual­ity man­age­ment. Sa­sol said, while most of its pro­cesses would be able to com­ply with the new stan­dards from April 2015 to April 2020, some stan­dards could not be achieved within the ap­pli­ca­ble time frames.

The stan­dards de­fine per­mis­si­ble lev­els of to­tal am­bi­ent pol­lu­tion and are set for pol­lu­tants such as sul­phur diox­ide.

Ad­dress­ing the me­dia in Jo­han­nes­burg, Klin­gen­berg said the post­pone­ments were an im­por­tant reg­u­la­tory mechanism to tran­si­tion ex­ist­ing plants to new plant stan­dards.

Pol­lu­tants

Klin­gen­berg said Sa­sol was re­quired to ap­ply for a post­pone­ment for five years. Prior to 2015, the group ap­plied for post­pone­ment with re­spect to some of the pol­lu­tants. He said Sa­sol com­plied with the ma­jor­ity of the min­i­mum emis­sion stan­dards for 2015.

“In some ar­eas, we needed time to im­ple­ment projects. We were given post­pone­ments of which some were not for five years, but three years. For those that we were given three years, we have had to go back for sub­se­quent post­pone­ments.

“In re­la­tion to 2025, there will be re­quests for post­pone­ment ap­pli­ca­tions again, es­pe­cially in re­la­tion to sul­phur diox­ide and hy­dro­gen sul­phide emis­sions, where today we are trans­par­ent that we do not have cred­i­ble (and) vi­able so­lu­tions, and we need to work on those.

“It could be that in re­spect of those re­quired by 2025 we will have to ask for an­other post­pone­ment.”

Sa­sol said it had com­mis­sioned in­de­pen­dent air pol­lu­tion im­pact as­sess­ment and the stud­ies con­firmed that the com­pany did not cause ex­ceedances of the air qual­ity stan­dards.

Sa­sol’s shares on the JSE were 0.92 per­cent lower to close at R392.10 yes­ter­day.

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