Know the im­por­tance of en­vi­ron­men­tal li­cens­ing

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THE li­cens­ing sys­tem is at the core of the im­ple­men­ta­tion of a reg­u­la­tory frame­work for the pro­tec­tion of the en­vi­ron­ment against pol­lu­tion caused by emis­sions, dis­charges or dis­posal of wastes from a cer­tain ac­tiv­i­ties. In re­cent years, leg­is­la­tion on en­vi­ron­men­tal per­mits has not only been im­ple­mented gen­er­ally, but in­creas­ingly, in a more in­te­grated ap­proach in which en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pacts are viewed as a whole.

Con­se­quently, the rel­e­vant per­mits re­fer to all en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pacts high­lighted in the En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Plan.

More­over, after the per­mit is granted and the en­vi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions en­forced, mon­i­tor­ing fol­lows and ad­di­tional mea­sures are taken if re­quired.

Zim­babwe has adopted an en­vi­ron­men­tal li­cens­ing process whereby in­dus­trial plants, mines and other en­ter­prises or ac­tiv­i­ties must apply for gov­ern­ment per­mis­sion in the form of licences granted by the En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Agency (EMA) to ini­ti­ate and/or to con­tinue their op­er­a­tion. The pur­pose of this process is to en­sure an en­vi­ron­men­tally-sound op­er­a­tion of the fa­cil­i­ties or ac­tiv­i­ties.

Large re­leases of harm­ful sub­stances and ac­ci­dents such as the Harare, Sun­ning­dale, fuel tanker burst of 2012, have demon­strated that the ex­is­tence of a per­mit­ting sys­tem and en­force­ment of reg­u­la­tions are nec­es­sary to en­hance the pro­tec­tion of both pub­lic health and the en­vi­ron­ment. More­over, the amounts of pol­lu­tants have in­creased in Zim­babwe due to many fac­tors in­clud­ing eco­nomic growth, and this has brought about new en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues and prob­lems with im­pli­ca­tions for their so­cioe­co­nomic as well as in­dus­trial sus­tain­abil­ity.

The En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Agency (EMA) wishes to no­tify the pub­lic that in terms of the En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Act [CAP20:27] the fol­low­ing in­dus­trial ac­tiv­i­ties re­quire li­cens­ing: 1. Air pol­lu­tion

Re­lease Of In­dus­trial Air Emis­sions One re­quires an Air Emis­sion Li­cence in terms of sec­tion 64 of the En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Act (CAP 20:27) of 2002. The re­quire­ments are emis­sion sur­vey re­port and com­pleted ap­pli­ca­tion forms (AQ1). The li­cence is valid for one cal­en­dar year with sub­mis­sion of quar­terly re­ports. 2. Wa­ter pol­lu­tion

Dis­charge Of Ef­flu­ent Wa­ter An Ef­flu­ent Dis­charge Li­cence is re­quired in terms of sec­tion 60 of the En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Act (CAP 20:27) of 2002. The ap­pli­cant is re­quired to com­plete an ap­pli­ca­tion form (ESWD1) and pro­vide a lab­o­ra­tory anal­y­sis re­port of ef­flu­ent dis­charged at his/her premises. The li­cence is valid for one cal­en­dar year with sub­mis­sion of quar­terly re­ports. 3. Haz­ardous sub­stances

Stor­age/Use/Sale Of Haz­ardous Sub­stances

A Haz­ardous Sub­stances Im­por­ta­tion/Stor­age/ Use/Sale li­cence in terms of sec­tion 8 - 9 of Statu­tory In­stru­ment 12 of 2007 is re­quired. One is re­quired to com­plete ap­pli­ca­tion forms and pro­vide cer­ti­fied copies of; cer­tifi­cate of in­cor­po­ra­tion and Iden­tity Doc­u­ment of the man­ager. The li­cence is valid for one cal­en­dar year.

Trans­porta­tion of haz­ardous sub­stances One re­quires a Haz­ardous Sub­stances Trans­porta­tion Li­cence in terms of sec­tion 13, sub­sec­tion 2 of Statu­tory In­stru­ment 12 of 2007.

The ap­pli­cant is re­quired to; com­plete ap­pli­ca­tion forms, pro­vide a cer­tifi­cate of fit­ness for the horse and the trailer as well as cer­ti­fied copies of cer­tifi­cate of in­cor­po­ra­tion, reg­is­tra­tion book of horse and trailer, Iden­tity Doc­u­ment of man­ager and Ma­te­rial Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).

The li­cence is valid for one cal­en­dar year. The tran­sit of haz­ardous sub­stances through Zim­babwe also re­quires a tran­sit li­cence in terms of sec­tion 14 of Statu­tory In­stru­ment 12 of 2007.

Haz­ardous Waste Gen­er­a­tion (used oil, flu­o­res­cent tubes)

A Haz­ardous Waste Li­cence in terms of sec­tion 3, sub­sec­tion 1 of Statu­tory In­stru­ment 10 of 2007 is re­quired.

The re­quire­ments are; a com­pleted ap­pli­ca­tion form and cer­ti­fied copies of cer­tifi­cate of in­cor­po­ra­tion and Iden­tity Card of man­ager.

The li­cence is valid for one cal­en­dar year, with sub­mis­sion of quar­terly re­ports. 4. Solid waste Solid Waste Dis­posal (land­fills, dumps, saw dust)

A Solid Waste Dis­posal Li­cence in terms of sec­tion 71 of the En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Act (CAP 20:27) of 2002 is re­quired.

The ap­pli­cant is re­quired to com­plete an ap­pli­ca­tion form (ESWD). The li­cence is valid for one cal­en­dar year, with sub­mis­sion of quar­terly re­ports.

Solid Waste Man­age­ment En­ter­prises (scrap metal, waste pa­per etc.)

A Solid Waste Man­age­ment Li­cence in terms of sec­tion 71 of the En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Act (CAP 20:27) of 2002 is re­quired.

The re­quire­ments are; com­ple­tion of an ap­pli­ca­tion form, com­pany pro­file and pic­tures of the ve­hi­cle, if ap­pli­ca­ble (front, rear, side).

The li­cence is valid for one cal­en­dar year, with sub­mis­sion of quar­terly re­ports. 5. Ecosys­tem pro­tec­tion

Sand Ab­strac­tion One re­quires a Sand Ab­strac­tion Li­cence in terms of sec­tion 2, sub­sec­tion 1 of Statu­tory In­stru­ment 3 of 2011 as read with sec­tion 3 of Statu­tory In­stru­ment 7of 2007.

The ap­pli­cant is re­quired to sub­mit the com­pleted form en­dorsed by the Lo­cal Au­thor­ity, lessee or land owner.

An of­fer let­ter/ti­tle deeds/lease agree­ment of the area should be at­tached to the form.

The com­pleted form and proof of land own­er­ship to­gether with an En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Plan (EMP) should be sub­mit­ted to EMA for re­view.

This li­cence is re­newed quar­terly with sub­mis­sion of quar­terly re­ports.

Sand Trans­porta­tion A Sand Trans­porta­tion Li­cence in terms of Statu­tory In­stru­ment 13 of 2011 as read with sec­tion 3 of Statu­tory In­stru­ment 7 of 2007 is re­quired.

The re­quire­ments are; com­pleted ap­pli­ca­tion forms, ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tion book and pho­to­graphs of ve­hi­cle (front, back and sides). The li­cence is re­newed quar­terly. 6. En­vi­ron­men­tal Im­pact As­sess­ment All projects that are listed in terms of Sec­tion 97 of the En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Act (CAP 20:27) of 2002 as read with the First Sched­ule should not be im­ple­mented un­til an En­vi­ron­men­tal Im­pact As­sess­ment (EIA) cer­tifi­cate is granted by the Direc­tor Gen­eral. Th­ese projects in­clude; 1. Dams and man-made lakes. 2. Drainage and ir­ri­ga­tion 3. Forestry 4. Hous­ing de­vel­op­ments 5. In­dus­try 6. In­fra­struc­ture De­vel­op­ments 7. Prospect­ing, min­ing and quar­ry­ing 8. Petroleum production, stor­age dis­tri­bu­tion 9. Power gen­er­a­tion and trans­mis­sion 10. Tourist, re­sorts and recre­ational de­vel­op­ments and 11. Waste treat­ment and dis­posal 12. Wa­ter sup­ply Cer­tifi­cate re­newal Cer­tifi­cates is­sued by the Direc­tor Gen­eral are valid for 2 years. There­after a re­newal is re­quired in terms of Sec­tion 101, sub­sec­tion 1 of the En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Act (CAP 20:27) of 2002. Six (6) months prior to the ex­pi­ra­tion of the cer­tifi­cate, the project devel­oper is re­quired to re­new his/her li­cense if com­mence­ment of the project has not been com­pleted within the stip­u­lated pe­riod. The re­newal process is as fol­lows: a) Com­ple­tion of the EMA C1 re­newal form at­tach quar­terly re­ports b) Pay­ment of a pre­scribed fee c) Sub­mis­sion to the Agency for pro­cess­ing

The EIA re­newal process takes at least a month.

Ap­pli­ca­tion forms are avail­able from the Agency’s web­site www.ema.co.zw.

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