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National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (Act No. 107 of 1998)


Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations, 2014

Chapter 4 : Application for Environmental Authorisation

Part 2: Basic Assessment

20. Decision on basic assessment application


(1) The competent authority must within 107 days of receipt of the basic assessment report and EMPr, or where relevant the closure plan, in writing—
(a) grant environmental authorisation in respect of all or part of the activity applied for; or
(b) refuse environmental authorisation.


(2) To the extent that authorisation is granted for an alternative, such alternative must, for the purposes of subregulation (1), be regarded as having been applied for, consulted on and its impacts investigated.


(3) On having reached a decision, the competent authority must comply with regulation 4(1), after which the applicant must comply with regulation 4(2).


(4) The Minister responsible for mineral resources may only issue an environmental authorisation if the provisions of section 24P(1) of the Act have been complied with.