The Certificate of
Environmental Clearance
Rules, 2001 (CEC Rules 2001)

What are the CEC Rules? The CEC Rules were enacted in 2001 and are designed to ensure that developmental activities such as the construction of new water treatment plants do not occur at the expensive of the environment. It also serves to protect and conserve the environment from the negative impacts as well as ensure that there is sustainable development and use of resources. What is a CEC? A CEC is a certificate issued to an applicant by the Environmental Management Authority indicates that the proposed activity is environmentally accepted providing that it adheres to certain conditions identified in the certificate. What is an EIA? An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is at times required when a proposed project is deemed to have a significant impact on the environment. It serves to:
  • Provide further extensive information required to determine whether the project should be approved for a CEC;
  • Identify the likely effects of the project on the environment;
  • Inform the public and allow for their participation in the decision making process;
  • Address and reduce the potential negative impacts of the project on the environment and;
  • Contributes to environmental management.
What WASA activities require a CEC? Certain activities termed ‘ ’ require a CEC. They are considered to have the potential for significant adverse effects on the environment. Common WASA activities that require a CEC include the establishment, expansion, operation, decommissioning or abandonment of: Water Treatment Plants; Wastewater Treatment Plants; Wells; Pipelines. CEC charges and application fees Fees associated with the CEC process are as follows:
  • Application fee of $500
  • Transfer of CEC - $500
  • EIA processing charge - $5,000 to $600,000 (dependent on the activity)