Draft Regulations on Organic Pollutants Drawn Up

Department of Environmental Affairs

Proposed regulations to phase-out the use of persistent organic pollutants have been drawn up.

The environmental affairs department published the draft regulations in Government Gazette 41790 for comment.

They were drafted in terms of the National Environmental Management Act.

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 following chemicals and formulations containing the following chemicals:

•    Hexabromobiphenyl;
•    Pentachlorobenzene;
•    Peflourooctane Sulfonic Acids; its salts (PFOS) and Perfourooctane Sulfonyl Fluoride;
•    Hexabromophenyl Ether and Heptabromodiphenyl Ether; and
•    Tetrabromodiphenyl Ether and Pentabromodiphenyl Ether.

The phase-out is intended to ensure that impacts or potential impacts on human health, well- being, safety and environment are prevented, mitigated or minimized.

The draft regulations will apply uniformly to any person in possession of a listed chemical.

The framework for the proposed regulations is as follows:

•    Definitions, purpose and application of the Regulations;
•    General prohibitions, phase-out time frames, registration, phase-out plans and inventories;
•    Reporting; and
•    General matters.

Comment is invited within 30 days of the date of publication.

Sabinet Cape Town Office