SABC News - Earthlife Africa, Environmental Affairs head back to court:Friday 3 March 2017

Earthlife Africa, Environmental Affairs head back to court

Friday 3 March 2017 09:08

SABC

Earthlife Africa Johannesburg and the Ministry of Environmental Affairs are back in court to the coal fired power station in Limpopo.

Earthlife Africa says the Environmental Affairs department failed to conduct a proper environmental assessment on the coal fired power station in Lephalale, Limpopo.(SABC)

The court case between Earthlife Africa Johannesburg and the Ministry of Environmental Affairs will resume at the High Court in Pretoria.

Earthlife Africa lawyer says they are challenging Minister Edna Molewa and her department for failing to conduct a proper environmental assessment on the coal fired power station in Lephalale, Limpopo.

Earthlife Africa's lawyer, Nicole Loser says, “All we really arguing is that the climate change impact needs to be considered before the power station could be authorised. We are not saying the power station must not go ahead.

“What we are saying is that the department needed to look at this impacts before making a decision because as it stands the power station needs to assess climate change impacts; But they have not set aside the environmental authorisations and our arguments is essentially based on the fact that if this climate change impacts assessment that the power station has to do, if it shows that there would be significant climate change impacts then there is no mechanism for the minister or the department of environmental affairs to revoke the authorisation.”

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