Air pollution is a serious environmental issue that has an adverse effect on the health and well-being of people and the environment. In order to address this problem, the South African government has enacted the Air Quality Act 39 of 2004, which sets the standards and regulations for air quality management.

The Act aims to protect and enhance the quality of air, prevent and control air pollution and provide for the mitigation of harmful effects of air pollution on health and the environment. The act establishes legal requirements for air quality management and requires the government, industry and communities to work together to manage air quality and emissions.

The act establishes a system of permits for activities that may result in air pollution such as various industrial processes and waste disposal.

There are significant implications for individuals and businesses if they do not comply with these requirements, such as fines and penalties up to R5 million and imprisonment for up to five years if there are no permits or non-compliance with the requirements in regard to certain emission standards.

If you need legal assistance with the implementation, and/or review of air quality management policies, Tuckers Incorporated can help!

Contact us today to schedule a consultation. You can reach us on 011 897 1900, 076 777 1920 or email our offices at info@tuckers.co.za.

Article contributed by Mikhail Packery of Tuckers Attorneys.