Who needs an Atmospheric Emission License?
Any facility who carries out or intends to carry out an activity or activities as listed in terms of Section 21 of the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act, 2004 (Act 39 of 2004) listed in Government Notice No. 248, Gazette No 33064 must apply for permission on a designated application form to the Licensing Authority. The process for applying for an AEL is shown in the image to the right:
Atmospheric Emission Licence Annual Reporting
Any facility that has been issued an AEL is legally required to comply with the conditions of that licence. All AEL holders are required to submit an annual AEL report to the relevant licensing authority at least once a year. This report is made up of various documents and reports for example stack monitoring results, a summary of complaints and management plans. All AEL holders are also required to submit an AEL compliance audit report as part of the annual AEL Report. The audit is an important document that is used to assess the level of compliance of an AEL holder with all the conditions contained within the licence and will highlight areas that require improvement. AEL compliance audits should be conducted at least once a year by an independent consultant.