Do I need an Atmospheric Emission Licence (AEL)?

Management of air pollution sources in South Africa necessitates legally and scientifically complex regulation. Notwithstanding this, non-conformance with these requirements can lead to community health impacts, fines, suspension of site activities and potentially significant reputation impacts. Conversely, misinterpretation of these requirements may even lead to unnecessary or excessive financial investment in air pollution control technologies or techniques that the law does not demand.

Most industrial facilities in operation and those which are planned need to fully accommodate laws related to air quality. WKC Group’s air quality team has initiating a series of ‘self-help’ guides to support industrial operators, government EPOs, and EIA Consultants to interpret, in a systematic way, the implications of air pollution regulations and their applicability for sectors described under Section 21 of the Air Quality Act (AQA).

The Self Help tool interactively supports the user to determine the applicability of Section 21 of the AQA to a particular process, site or planned development, and the likely need for an Atmospheric Emissions Licence (AEL).

To find out if your facility needs an AEL, complete the following questionnaire. It’s quick and easy – 2 minutes tops. And of course, if you need some assistance, feel free to contact one of our friendly consultants to help you find the answer you need.

Here you go!

AEL Tool (Test)
What category does your facility fall under?
Does your installation have a design capacity of greater than or equal to 50 MW thermal input?
What fuel do you burn?
Does your installation have a design capacity of greater than or equal to 10 MW thermal input?
Is the combustion installation a reciprocating engine or boiler?
Do you co-feed waste with conventional fuels at your facility?
Do you have any of the following processes, activities or units at your facility?
Is the combustion installation used for power generation or steam raising?
Is the combustion installation a heater or furnace?
Is the total tankage capacity greater than 1 000 m3?
Is the throughput greater than 50 000 m3 per annum?
Is the throughput greater than 5 000 tonnes per month?
Do you operate any combustion installations?
Is the combustion installation used for power generation or steam raising?
Which of the following do you produce, use or undertake?
Is your combustion installation for test or experimental purposes?
Does your facility produce more than 20 tonnes of char and/or charcoal?
Does your facility consume more than 20 tonnes of carbon black?
Do you produce electrode paste?
Do any processes involve gasification, production, separation and clean-up of gas streams derived from coal?
Which of the following activities does your installation conduct or operate?
Does your facility have the capacity to dry or calcine more than 100 tons of product per month?
Do you produce alloys of iron with chromium, manganese, silicon or vanadium, or undertake the separation of titanium slag from iron-containing materials using heat?
Do you produce and/or cast iron, iron ores, steel or ferro-alloys? (including the cleaning of castings and handling of mould materials)
Do you produce pellets or briquettes using presses, inclined discs or rotating drums?
Do you produce pre-reduced or metallised ore or pellets using gaseous or solid fuels?
Which of the following lead smelting related activities do you undertake?
Does your installation use more than 20 kg per month of lead?
Do you process vanadium bearing ore or slag for the production of vanadium oxides or vanadium carbide by heat application?
Do you produce more than 10 tonnes per day of product in aggregate?
Does your facility undertake zinc coating of steel articles using molten zinc including the pickling and/or fluxing of articles before coating?
Which of the following activities do you undertake?
Can your facility hold more than 100 000 tonnes of ore or coal?
Can you dry more than 100 tonnes per month?
Can you produce more than 10 000 bricks per month?
Do you use alternative fuels?
Do you produce 100 tonnes or more per annum?
Do you produce 100 tonnes or more per annum?
Do you operate a temporary asphalt plant (used for the sole purpose of supplying a road paving contract of less than 24 months)?
Do you have a permanent Macadam facility used for mixtures of aggregate, tar or bitumen to produce road-surfacing materials?
Do you produce 100 tonnes or more per annum?
Which of the following do you produce, use or undertake?
Do you produce or use more than 100 tonnes per annum of any of the listed compounds?
Which of the following do you produce, use or undertake?
Do you produce or use more than 100 tonnes per annum of any of the compounds?
Do you produce, use or handle more than 100 tonnes per annum of the listed compounds?
Do you produce or process more than 10 tonnes per month?
Do you produce or use more than 1 tonne per month?
Do you produce more than 10 tonnes per month?
Do you produce more than 10 tonnes per month?
Which of the following activities do you undertake?
Do you incinerate or thermally treat 10 kg per day or more?
Do you incinerate human remains, companion animals or veterinary waste?
Do you destroy more than 100 kg per week?
Which of the following activities do you undertake?
Do you produce more than 1 tonne per month?
Do you produce more than 1 tonne per month?
Do you produce more than 1 tonne per month?
Do you produce more than 10 tonnes per month?
Do you undertake processes for rendering cooking, drying, dehydrating, digesting, evaporating or protein concentrating of any animal matter not intended for human consumption?
Do you handle more than 1 tonne of raw material per day?

Disclaimer

Please note that this or any other calculators on the wkcgroup.co.za tools room are for information only. WKC Group has endeavoured to ensure that the information presented here is accurate and that the calculations are correct, but will not accept responsibility for any consequential damages, faults or human errors that may arise from the use of formulas, inventories and values.