oa Civil Engineer in South Africa - Environmental protection : a practical procedure

Volume 22, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 0009-7845



This paper, the product of an interdisciplinary team effort, seeks to find an acceptable procedure for ensuring that proper consideration is given to the environmental consequences of the construction works necessary for progress.

It examines and commends the EPPIC approach of a voluntary assumption of responsibility by the professional planner - it being accepted that there is no substitute for good planning - but concludes that the support of carefully structured legislation is essential. The characteristics of such legislation are thoroughly examined in the paper.
A practical procedure which should be acceptable to the public is proposed. This is, briefly, to make public disclosure of the environmental impacts of significant projects mandatory in a prescribed manner, the role of the courts being solely to ensure that the proposed procedures are properly followed.

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