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1 ENVIRONMENTAL GUIDELINES Guideline number Activity 1. Poultry rearing below 5000 heads 2. Assembly of batteries 3. Cold rooms and refrigeration plants 4. Bus depot of less than 50 buses 5. Bakery 6. Demolition of buildings 7. Multi-purpose hall, including weddling hall 8. Filling station 9. Inland hotel 10. Food processing for small and medium enterprises 11. Food Canning Industry 12. Mirror Manufacture 13. Processing, bottling and canning of beverages, syrup and water 14. Pesticides fomulation and packing 15. Refining and processing of edible oils and fats 16. Wastewater Treatment Plant 17. Retreading of tyres 18. Traffic Centre 19. Residential Care Home 20. Manaufacture of polyrethane foam 21. Nautical Centre 22. Block making plant manufacturing up to 10,000 blocks per day 23. Undersea walk 24. Electroplating 25. Bulk storage of pesticides and dangerous chemicals 26. Manufacture of soap and detergents 27. Timber warehousing 28. Decommissioning of wastewater treatment plant

2 MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND NDU ENVIRONMENTAL GUIDELINE No. 1 POULTRY REARING 1.0 Purpose of guideline This environmental guideline for the rearing of up to 5000 poultry birds has been prepared by the Ministry of Environment & NDU to ensure that all environmental issues are duly taken into consideration by stakeholders. 2.0 Nature of development The poultry sector has undergone a very rapid development from a part time backyard activity to a more intensive method of rearing. The most common methods of rearing are the deep litter system and the battery system. 3.0 Potential impacts The major environmental issues associated with a poultry farm are odour, generation of solid waste and generation of wastewater. The different aspects, impacts and nuisances related to such activities are listed below: Activity Aspects Impacts/ Nuisances Construction phase Design of pens - Poor ventilation - Pens incompatible with the surrounding environment - Odour - Aesthetics and visual impacts Site preparation / Construction of buildings - Generation of excavated soil, debris and construction wastes - Dumping into bare lands, water bodies and drains - Use of heavy machinery Operation phase Rearing activity - Solid wastes generation, poultry litter/ droppings, rotten eggs, hatchery wastes, dead birds - Poor husbandry practices - Poor housekeeping (including cleaning and maintenance) Washing of poultry Wastewater generation pens - Noise, mud,dust, traffic - Visual impacts - Odour and dust -Risks of contamination of water courses and groundwater - Flies / pests/ rodents - Risks of diseases (Health impacts and biosecurity risks) Risks of contamination of water courses and groundwater

3 4.0 Siting of activity In accordance with the Planning Policy Guidance 2004 of the Ministry of Housing and Lands, the selected site shall:- Satisfy a minimum distance of 200 m from the settlement boundaries and sensitive land uses Not occur within an Irrigation Zone Be at least 200 m from any slaughter house Be at least 200m from any borehole 5.0 Environmental conditions The major environmental issues are odour, effluent disposal and solid waste and the following conditions shall be observed: (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) (v) Wastewater and sewage generated from the poultry farm shall be collected and disposed of. All solid wastes generated from the poultry farm shall be collected and disposed of. All feeds and garbage shall be kept in covered containers. There shall be no feed spillage and accumulation of waste. No nuisance by way of noise dust, odour shall be caused to the public and surrounding environment during site preparation, infrastructural works and during operation of the farm. The Department of Environment of the Ministry of Environment and NDU shall be informed in writing of the dates of commencement of works on site and operation of the activity for monitoring purposes. 6.0 Enforcement Under Section 13 of the Environment Protection Act 2002, the enforcing agencies for the different environmental medium or pollutants are as follows: S. No Environmental media/ pollutant Enforcing Agency 1 Odour Ministry of Health and Quality of Life 2 Inland waters, effluents Ministry of Public Utilities 3 Solid wastes Ministry of Local Government 2

4 The above-mentioned enforcing agencies shall monitor compliance with the conditions falling under their purview. 7.0 Offences Any person who fails to comply with any regulations/standards referred to in this guideline shall commit an offence and shall: (i) on a first conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding 50, 000 rupees and to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years. (ii) on a second or subsequent conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding 100,000 rupees and to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 8 years. For further information, please contact Information Counter, Department of Environment, Ground Floor Ken Lee Tower, 1, St Georges Street Port-Louis Tel: Website: 3

5 MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND NDU ENVIRONMENTAL GUIDELINE No. 2 ASSEMBLY OF BATTERIES 1.0 Purpose of guideline This environmental guideline for the assembly of batteries has been prepared by the Ministry of Environment & NDU to ensure that all environmental issues are duly taken into consideration by stakeholders. 2.0 Nature of development Assembly of batteries may be done either manual or automated, although the environmental impacts of both are similar. The different processes involved in the assembly of individual batteries and battery packs are: assembly of electrodes and insulating materials; installing electrode into casing; filling of acid; sealing casing; connecting batteries to form battery pack; sealing pack into casing; and charging and testing 3.0 Potential impacts The major environmental issues associated with the assembly of batteries are noise, generation of hazardous wastes and effluent disposal. The different aspects, impacts and nuisances related to such activities are listed below: Activity Aspects Impacts/ Nuisances - Generation of excavated - Dumping into barelands, water soil, debris and construction bodies and drains wastes Construction phase (Applicable for large buildings) - Use of heavy machinery Operation Phase Storage and -Risk of spillage of acid - Acid spill - Noise, mud,dust, traffic and construction waste 1

6 handling of lead, acid and battery cases Cleaning and maintenance -Solid/Hazardous waste generation -Air, water and soil contamination - Odour - Noise Pollution - Dust emission - Wastewater generation -Risks of contamination of water courses and groundwater 4.0 Siting of activity Enterprises involved in the assembly of batteries should be located outside residential areas. 5.0 Environmental conditions The major environmental issues are noise, odour, generation of hazardous wastes, effluent disposal and the following conditions shall be observed: (i) All electric motors such as stand-by generator and air- conditioning devices shall be housed in soundproof enclosures to keep noise level within permissible limits as per the Environment Protection (Environmental Standards for Noise) Regulations The noise exposure limits as per the above regulation are as follows: Industrial noise Neighbourhood noise 7:00 21:00 60*dB(A) Leq 7:00-18:00 60 db(a) Leq 21:00 7:00 55*dB(A) Leq 18:00-21:00 55 db(a) Leq 21:00-7:00 50 db(a) Leq * A tonal character adjustment of +5 db(a) should be applied to the measured value where the noise has a definite continuous note such as a whine or hiss. (ii) (iii) (iv) (v) A contingency plan as provided for under section 30(3)(a) of the Environment Protection Act 2002 shall be prepared and implemented to combat any case of accidental chemical spillage. A wall/structure to contain overflows shall be provided around the acid storage area to control any accidental spillage or leakage. All hazardous wastes shall be collected and disposed of as per the Environment Protection (Standards for Hazardous Wastes) Regulation Damaged batteries shall be stored within the premises and exported for recycling. 2

7 (vi) (vii) Solid wastes shall be collected and disposed of. Wastewaters shall be collected, treated and disposed of. (viii) No nuisance by way of noise dust, odour shall be caused to the public and surrounding environment during site preparation, infrastructural works and during operation of the activity. (ix) The Department of Environment of the Ministry of Environment and NDU shall be informed in writing of the dates of commencement of works on site and operation of the activity for monitoring purposes. 6.0 Enforcement Under Section 13 of the Environment Protection Act 2002, the enforcing agencies for the different environmental medium or pollutants are as follows: S. No Environmental media/ pollutant Enforcing Agency 1 Odour, Noise Ministry of Health and Quality of Life 2 Inland waters, effluents Ministry of Public Utilities 3 Solid wastes and hazardous wastes Ministry of Local Government The above-mentioned enforcing agencies shall monitor compliance with the conditions falling under their purview. 7.0 Offences Any person who fails to comply with any regulations/standards referred to in this guideline shall commit an offence and shall: (i) on a first conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding 50, 000 rupees and to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years. (ii) on a second or subsequent conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding 100,000 rupees and to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 8 years. For further information please contact Information Counter, Department of Environment, Ground Floor Ken Lee Tower, 1, St Georges Street Port-Louis Tel: Website : 3

8 MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND NDU ENVIRONMENTAL GUIDELINE NO.3 COLD ROOMS AND REFRIGERATION PLANTS 1.0 Purpose of guideline This environmental guideline for cold rooms and refrigeration plants has been prepared by the Ministry of Environment & NDU to ensure that all environmental issues are duly taken into consideration by stakeholders. 2.0 Nature of development Cold rooms and refrigeration plants serve to store and preserve fruits, flowers and vegetables, dairy products, meat and seafoods. Equipment used are namely compressors, evaporators, transformers, condensers and generators. Cold rooms and refrigeration plants also usually include preparation areas for labeling and packaging as well as units for food processing. 3.0 Potential impacts The major environmental issues associated with cold rooms and refrigeration plants are noise, solid waste and air pollution. The different aspects, impacts and nuisances related to such activities are listed below: Activity Aspects Impacts/ Nuisances Construction phase Site preparation / - Generation of excavated soil -Dumping into barelands, construction of, debris and construction water bodies and drains buildings (where applicable) wastes Operation phase Refrigeration process - Use of heavy machinery - Type and volume of refrigerant -Dust, noise and mud -Visual impacts - Impacts on air quality and atmosphere (ozone depletion) - Health hazards - Risks of spillage - Fire hazards - Use of electric motors (e.g - Noise compressors, generators) - Air emissions Storage, processing -Generation and - Odour 1

9 and packaging of foodstuffs Washing of cold room, floors and equipment Distribution or onsite sale accumulation of putrefied and damaged foodstuffs and other solid wastes -Poor housekeeping -Wastewater generation - Inadequate parking facilities - Accessibility - Flies / pests/ rodents - Land and water pollution -Risks of pollution of water courses -Traffic implications 4.0 Siting of activity Case to case basis 5.0 Environmental Conditions The major environmental issues relate to noise, air pollution, solid wastes and the following conditions shall be observed: (i) All electric motors such as stand-by generator and air-compressors shall be housed in soundproof enclosures to keep noise level within permissible limits as per the Environment Protection (Environmental Standards for Noise) Regulations The noise exposure limits as per the above regulation are as follows: Industrial noise Neighbourhood noise 7:00 21:00 60*dB(A) Leq 7:00 18:00 60 db(a) Leq 21:00 7:00 55*dB(A) Leq 18:00-21:00 55 db(a) Leq 21:00 7:00 50 db(a) Leq * A tonal character adjustment of +5 db(a) should be applied to the measured value where the noise has a definite continuous note such as a whine or hiss. (ii) (iii) (iv) The refrigerant used and the insulating materials shall be free from ozone depleting substances (ODS) and shall be environment friendly with low global warming potential as approved by the National Ozone Unit of the Ministry of Environment & NDU. Wastewaters shall be collected and disposed of. All solid wastes shall be removed, scraped and swept thoroughly before washing with water. All organic wastes shall be stored in a separate compartment in the cold room prior to collection and disposal. 2

10 (v) (vi) No nuisance by way of noise dust, odour shall be caused to the public and surrounding environment during site preparation, infrastructural works and during operation of the activity. The Department of Environment of the Ministry of Environment and NDU shall be informed in writing of the dates of commencement of works on site and operation of the activity for monitoring purposes. 6.0 Enforcement Under Section 13 of the Environment Protection Act 2002, the enforcing agencies for the different environmental medium or pollutants are as follows: S. No Environmental media/ pollutant Enforcing Agency 1 Noise, odour Ministry of Health and Quality of Life 2 Effluents Ministry of Public Utilities 3 Solid wastes Ministry of Local Government 4 Air pollution Ministry of Environment The above-mentioned enforcing agencies shall monitor compliance with the conditions falling under their purview. 7.0 Offences Any person who fails to comply with any regulations/standards referred to in this guideline shall commit an offence and shall: (i) on a first conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding 50, 000 rupees and to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years. (ii) on a second or subsequent conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding 100,000 rupees and to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 8 years. For further information, please contact Information Counter, Department of Environment, Ground Floor Ken Lee Tower, 1, St Georges Street Port-Louis Tel: Website: 3

11 MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND NDU ENVIRONMENTAL GUIDELINE No 4 BUS DEPOT 1.0 Purpose of guideline This guideline for the setting up of a bus depot of less than 50 buses has been prepared by Ministry of Environment & NDU to ensure that all environmental issues are duly taken into consideration by stakeholders. 2.0 Nature of development A bus depot serves as an area for parking buses and may also involve numerous activities such as cleaning, washing, servicing of buses, panel beating, painting and fuel dispensing. 3.0 Potential impacts The major environmental issues associated with a bus depot are noise, air pollution and generation of solid waste including hazardous wastes. The different aspects, impacts and nuisances related to such activities are listed below: Activity Aspects Impacts/ Nuisances Construction phase Site preparation / - Generation of excavated soil Construction of, debris and construction buildings wastes Operation phase Movement of vehicles - Use of heavy machinery - Generation of noise -Dumping into barelands, water bodies and drains -Dust, noise and mud -Visual impacts - Nuisance to the neighbourhood - Generation of smoke - Air pollution - Traffic implication Washing of buses - Generation of wastewater - Contamination of water bodies Maintenance and servicing of vehicles - Generation of hazardous wastes (used oil, batteries, oil filters, brake fluid) - Soil contamination and contamination of water bodies - Solid wastes (Used tyres, used brake pads) - Visual impacts - Pests, rodents and flies Fuel dispensing - Risk of fuel spillage - Soil contamination and

12 and storage - Risk of fire contamination of water bodies - Air pollution and human injury Panel beating and painting Use of pumps and compressors - Generation of noise - Nuisance to the neighbourhood - Evaporation of paints and - Air pollution solvents - Noise - Nuisance to the nearby inhabitants 4.0 Siting of activity Not applicable 5.0 Environmental Considerations / Conditions The major environmental issues are noise, generation of hazardous wastes including used oil and the following environmental conditions shall be observed: (i) All electric motors such as compressors shall be housed in soundproof enclosures to keep noise level within permissible limits as per the Environment Protection (Environmental Standards for Noise) Regulations The noise exposure limits as per the above regulation are as follows: Industrial noise Neighbourhood noise 7:00 21:00 60*dB(A) Leq 7:00-18:00 60 db(a) Leq 21:00 7:00 55*dB(A) Leq 18:00-21:00 55 db(a) Leq 21:00-7:00 50 db(a) Leq * A tonal character adjustment of +5 db(a) should be applied to the measured value where the noise has a definite continuous note such as a whine or hiss. (ii) Hazardous wastes including used oil shall be collected and disposed as per Environment Protection (Standards for Hazardous Wastes) Regulations (iii) Used oil shall be collected and disposed of as per the Environment Protection (Collection, Storage, Treatment, Use and Disposal of Used Oil) Regulations (iv) All petroleum products, used oil and other chemical must have secondary containment. Areas enclosed by secondary containment shall be maintained, and all accumulated water within secondary containment areas should be disposed 2

13 of. The secondary containment shall have a storage capacity of 110 % of the capacity of the storage tank. (v) A contingency plan as provided for under section 30 (3)(a) of the Environment Protection Act 2002 shall be prepared and implemented to combat any case of accidental spillage of fuel or chemicals. (vi) All solid wastes generated from the bus depot shall be collected and disposed of. (vii) Wastewaters shall be collected, treated and disposed of. (viii) No nuisance by way of noise dust, air pollution shall be caused to the public and surrounding environment during site preparation, infrastructural works and during operation of the activity. (ix) The Department of Environment of the Ministry of Environment and NDU shall be informed in writing of the dates of commencement of works on site and operation of the activity for monitoring purposes. 6.0 Enforcement Under Section 13 of the Environment Protection Act 2002, the enforcing agencies for the different environmental medium or pollutants are as follows: S. No Environmental media/ pollutant Enforcing Agency 1 Noise, odour Ministry of Health and Quality of Life 2 Effluents Ministry of Public Utilities 3 Solid wastes, hazardous wastes Ministry of Local Government 4 Fuel spillage Ministry of Environment The above-mentioned enforcing agencies shall monitor compliance with the conditions falling under their purview. 7.0 Offences Any person who fails to comply with any regulations/standards referred to in this guideline shall commit an offence and shall: (i) on a first conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding 50, 000 rupees and to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years. (ii) on a second or subsequent conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding 100,000 rupees and to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 8 years. 3

14 For further information, please contact Information Counter, Department of Environment, Ground Floor Ken Lee Tower, 1, St Georges Street Port-Louis Tel: Website: 4

15 MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND NDU ENVIRONMENTAL GUIDELINE No. 5 BAKERY 1.0 Purpose of guideline This environmental guideline for bakery has been prepared by the Ministry of Environment & NDU to ensure that all environmental issues are duly taken into consideration by stakeholders. 2.0 Nature of development The activities involved in a bakery are mainly storage of raw materials, mixing, fermentation, baking, sale and delivery of bread. Equipment used usually include electrically driven oven, mixer, dough moulder, divider, water cooler and stand-by generator. Bakeries can vary widely in scale and size - from small shop bakeries to in-store supermarket bakeries to very large scale bakeries. 3.0 Potential impacts The major environmental nuisances associated with a bakery are noise, air pollution and effluent disposal. The different aspects, impacts and nuisances related to such activities are listed below:- Activity Aspects Impacts/ Nuisances Construction phase Site preparation / - Generation of excavated soil -Dumping into barelands, construction of, debris and construction water bodies and drains buildings wastes ( where applicable) Operation phase All activities from storage of raw materials, mixing, fermentation, baking, packaging, to sale of bread - Use of heavy machinery - Use of electric motors, extractors - Type and volume of fuel - Improper handling and storage of fuel -Dust, noise and mud -Visual impacts - Noise - Air pollution - Risks of fuel spillage

16 - Washing of floor, equipment and utensils - Loading and unloading of raw materials and bread - Sale and delivery of bread - Generation of solid wastes e.g plastic, jute / gunny bags, carton boxes, unsold and spoilt bread - Poor housekeeping -Wastewater generation - Inadequate parking facilities - Vehicular movement - Fire hazards - Dumping into barelands, water bodies and drains - Land and water pollution -Insects / pests/ rodents - Odour - Health hazards(hygiene) - Risks of pollution of water courses -Traffic implications - Noise 4.0 Siting of activity Bakery shall be located in commercial areas. 5.0 Environmental Conditions The major environmental issues are noise, air pollution and effluent disposal and the following conditions shall be observed: (i) All electric motors such as stand-by generator and air- conditioning devices shall be housed in soundproof enclosures to keep noise level within permissible limits as per the Environment Protection (Environmental Standards for Noise) Regulations The noise exposure limits as per the above regulation are as follows: Industrial noise Neighbourhood noise 7:00 21:00 60*dB(A) Leq 7:00 18:00 60 db(a) Leq 21:00 7:00 55*dB(A) Leq 18:00-21:00 55 db(a) Leq 21:00 7:00 50 db(a) Leq 2

17 * A tonal character adjustment of +5 db(a) should be applied to the measured value where the noise has a definite continuous note such as a whine or hiss. (ii) (iii) Flue and odorous gases shall be channeled through ducts connected to a chimney stack which shall be designed as per good engineering practices. All gaseous emissions from the bakery shall be within permissible limits as per the Environment Protection (Standards for Air) Regulations The stack emissions standards applicable to this undertaking are: Pollutant Standard (i) Smoke Ringelmann No. 2 or equivalent opacity (not to exceed more that 5 minutes in any period of one hour) (ii) Solid particles 200 mg/ m 3 (iii) Sulphuric acid mist 120 mg/ m 3 as sulphur trioxide or sulphur trioxide (iv) Hydrogen sulphide 5 ppm as hydrogen sulphide gas (v) Nitric acid or oxides of nitrogen mg/ m 3 as nitrogen dioxide (vi) Carbon monoxide mg/ m 3 as carbon monoxide (iv) (v) (vi) (vii) All solid wastes generated from the bakery shall be collected and disposed of. Wastewaters shall be collected and disposed of. No nuisance by way of noise dust, air pollution shall be caused to the public and surrounding environment during site preparation, infrastructural works and during operation of the activity. The Department of Environment of the Ministry of Environment and NDU shall be informed in writing of the dates of commencement of works on site and operation of the activity for monitoring purposes. 6.0 Enforcement Under Section 13 of the Environment Protection Act 2002, the enforcing agencies for the different environmental medium or pollutants are as follows: 3

18 S. No Environmental media/ pollutant Enforcing Agency 1 Noise, odour Ministry of Health and Quality of Life 2 Effluents Ministry of Public Utilities 3 Solid wastes Ministry of Local Government 4 Air pollution Ministry of Environment The above-mentioned enforcing agencies shall monitor compliance with the conditions falling under their purview. 7.0 Offences Any person who fails to comply with any regulations/standards referred to in this guideline shall commit an offence and shall: (i) on a first conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding 50, 000 rupees and to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years. (ii) on a second or subsequent conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding 100,000 rupees and to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 8 years. For further information, please contact Information Counter, Department of Environment, Ground Floor Ken Lee Tower, 1, St Georges Street Port-Louis Tel: Website: 4

19 MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND NDU ENVIRONMENTAL GUIDELINE No. 6 DEMOLITION OF BUILDINGS 1.0 Purpose of guideline This environmental guideline for demolition of buildings has been prepared by the Ministry of Environment & NDU to ensure that all environmental issues are duly taken into consideration by stakeholders. 2.0 Nature of development Demolition of buildings usually refers to the act of pulling down a building or part of a building. There can be various reasons for demolition, namely: (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) (v) when the buildings do not fit the requirements in terms of facilities and working environment for refurbishment/renovation of buildings and hotels replacement of the derelict buildings by new ones when derelict buildings present an eyesore for elimination of dangerous buildings that pose safety threat to public and the surrounding environment 3.0 Potential impacts The hazards and environmental impacts associated with demolition works are mainly a function of:- (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) (v) The location of the demolition work, i.e. whether demolition is near to main road or whether demolition is far away from development and movement The type of building being demolished i.e. concrete, iron sheets, etc The method of demolition i.e. manually using hand tools; mechanically using heavy machinery including electric grinders, pneumatic compressors, excavator on trucks and lorries; or by induced collapse demolition using explosives The scale of the project i.e. the area of building being demolished and amount of solid wastes, dust and traffic being generated The duration of the demolition work 1

20 Potential environmental impacts in connection with demolition works are:- Noise and vibration Dust Traffic implications Generation of demolition wastes including doors, windows, wood and metal frames ; concrete rubbles and blocks, corrugated iron sheets, asbestos cement sheets, etc Visual and aesthetic impacts 4.0 Siting of activity Not applicable 5.0 Environmental conditions The major environmental issues are noise and dust and the following conditions shall be observed: (i) (ii) (iii) The demolition works shall be taken not any nuisance by way of noise, dust and vibration to the surrounding environment. The site of works shall be fenced and screened to protect site from strong winds and to contain dust. The noise level during demolition works shall be within the permissible limits as per the Environment Protection (Environmental Standards for Noise) Regulations The noise exposure limits as per the above regulation are as follows: Industrial noise Neighbourhood noise 7:00 21:00 60*dB(A) Leq 7:00 18:00 60 db(a) Leq 21:00 7:00 55*dB(A) Leq 18:00-21:00 55 db(a) Leq 21:00 7:00 50 db(a) Leq * A tonal character adjustment of +5 db(a) should be applied to the measured value where the noise has a definite continuous note such as a whine or hiss. (iv) (v) All hazardous wastes, including asbestos shall be disposed of as per the provisions of Environment Protection (Standards for Hazardous wastes) Regulations The following measures shall be taken so as to abate the visual impacts during demolition works: Visual screening / fencing of works 2

21 (vi) (vii) (viii) (ix) Proper location of equipment and machinery on site No encroachment of demolition wastes on pavements and roads Demolition works within residential areas shall be carried out during normal working hours (8:00 17:00) only. The demolition wastes shall be used as filler material. Any excess wastes shall be disposed of to an authorized site as recommended by the Ministry of Local Government. No debris shall be burned on the site. The Department of Environment of the Ministry of Environment and NDU shall be informed in writing of the dates of commencement of works on site and operation of the activity for monitoring purposes. 6.0 Enforcement Under Section 13 of the Environment Protection Act 2002, the enforcing agencies for the different environmental medium or pollutants are as follows: S. No Environmental media/ pollutant Enforcing Agency 1 Noise Ministry of Health and Quality of Life 2 Solid wastes, hazardous wastes Ministry of Local Government 3 Air pollution Ministry of Environment The above-mentioned enforcing agencies shall monitor compliance with the conditions falling under their purview. 7.0 Offences Any person who fails to comply with any regulations/standards referred to in this guideline shall commit an offence and shall: (i) on a first conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding 50, 000 rupees and to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years. (ii) on a second or subsequent conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding 100,000 rupees and to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 8 years. 3

22 For further information, please contact Information Counter, Department of Environment, Ground Floor Ken Lee Tower, 1, St Georges Street Port-Louis Tel: Website : 4

23 MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND NDU ENVIRONMENTAL GUIDELINE No. 7 MULTI- PURPOSE HALL, INCLUDING WEDDING HALL 1.0 Purpose of guideline This environmental guideline for multi purpose hall, including wedding hall has been prepared by the Ministry of Environment & NDU to ensure that all environmental issues are duly taken into consideration by stakeholders. 2.0 Nature of development A multi-purpose hall serves to accommodate various activities, such as wedding ceremonies, receptions, social gatherings, religious activities, seminars, conferences, meetings, workshops. The activities involved usually entail provision of adequate parking space as well as amenities such as kitchen, store, changing rooms, lobby, stage, toilet blocks and emergency staircase. 3.0 Potential impacts The major environmental issues associated with a multi-purpose hall are noise and solid waste disposal. The different aspects, impacts and nuisances related to such activities are listed below: Activity Aspects Impacts/ Nuisances Construction phase Site preparation / - Generation of excavated soil -Dumping into barelands, construction of, debris and construction water bodies and drains buildings wastes ( where applicable) Operation phase Entertainment / noisy activities e.g dancing, singing Vehicular movement - Use of heavy machinery - Generation of noise - Operating at late night hours - Inadequate parking facilities - Accessibility problem -Generation of noise -Dust, noise and mud -Visual impacts - Nuisance and disturbance to the neighbourhood - Traffic implications -Nuisance to the 1

24 neighbourhood - Washing of floor, equipment, utensils - Gathering of people -Generation of smoke - Air pollution -Wastewater generation - Risks of pollution of watercourses - Generation of solid wastes - Land and water pollution and domestic wastewater - Risks of contamination of water bodies and groundwater - Fire hazards -Threat to human safety - Destruction of amenities - Toilet, kitchen and catering facilities - Poor housekeeping - Pests/ rodents / flies - Odour - Visual impacts 4.0 Siting of activity The multipurpose hall shall be away from residential areas. 5.0 Environmental Considerations / Conditions The major environmental issues are noise and solid waste disposal and the following conditions shall be observed: (i) All electric motors such as stand-by generator and air- conditioning devices shall be housed in soundproof enclosures to keep noise level within permissible limits as per the Environment Protection (Environmental Standards for Noise) Regulations The noise exposure limits as per the above regulation are as follows: Industrial noise Neighbourhood noise 7:00 21:00 60*dB(A) Leq 7:00 18:00 60 db(a) Leq 21:00 7:00 55*dB(A) Leq 18:00-21:00 55 db(a) Leq 21:00 7:00 50 db(a) Leq * A tonal character adjustment of +5 db(a) should be applied to the measured value where the noise has a definite continuous note such as a whine or hiss. (ii) Wastewaters shall be collected and disposed of. 2

25 (iii) (iv) (v) All solid wastes generated from the multi- purpose hall shall be collected and disposed of. No nuisance by way of noise dust, odour shall be caused to the public and surrounding environment during site preparation, infrastructural works and during operation of the activity. The Department of Environment of the Ministry of Environment and NDU shall be informed in writing of the dates of commencement of works on site and operation of the activity for monitoring purposes. 6.0 Enforcement Under Section 13 of the Environment Protection Act 2002, the enforcing agencies for the different environmental medium or pollutants are as follows: S. No Environmental media/ pollutant Enforcing Agency 1 Noise, odour Ministry of Health and Quality of Life 2 Effluents Ministry of Public Utilities 3 Solid wastes Ministry of Local Government The above-mentioned enforcing agencies shall monitor compliance with the conditions falling under their purview. 7.0 Offences Any person who fails to comply with any regulations/standards referred to in this guideline shall commit an offence and shall: (i) on a first conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding 50, 000 rupees and to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years. (ii) on a second or subsequent conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding 100,000 rupees and to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 8 years. 3

26 For further information, please contact Information Counter, Department of Environment, Ground Floor Ken Lee Tower, 1, St Georges Street Port-Louis Tel: Website: 4

27 MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND NDU ENVIRONMENTAL GUIDELINE No.8 FILLING STATION 1.0 Purpose of guideline This environmental guideline for filling station has been prepared by the Ministry of Environment & NDU to ensure that all environmental issues are duly taken into consideration by stakeholders. 2.0 Nature of development The sale of fuel (gasoline, diesel, LPG, kerosene) is the principal activity in filling stations. However, additional services may also be provided such as washing and polishing of vehicles, retailing activities, filling up the radiator, checking tyre pressure, lubrication and vulcanization services. 3.0 Potential impacts The major environmental issues associated with filling stations are noise, fuel spillage, generation of wastewater. The different aspects, impacts and nuisances associated related to such activities are listed below:- Activity Aspects Impacts/ Nuisances Construction phase Siting and layout - Sensitivity of site ( proximity to residential areas, water bodies, environmentally sensitive areas, heavy traffic) -Location of components including fuel dispensers, storage tanks, etc -Threat to flora and fauna -Noise -Risks of contamination of water bodies -Traffic implications - Aesthetics and visual impacts -Risks and hazards ( fire, spillage, explosion, etc) Site preparation / construction of buildings, installation of tanks, fuel dispensers and - Generation of excavated soil, debris and construction wastes - Use of heavy machinery -Dumping into barelands, water bodies and drains -Dust, noise and mud -Visual impacts 1

28 other services Operation phase Vehicular access / egress within site Filling of storage tanks or vehicles Overfilling of tanks and pipes, leakage and spillage of fuel Washing cleaning operations and -Lubrication of vehicles, retailing & other associated activities -Change batteries of -Collection of used oil - Inadequate parking capacity - Traffic implications -Emissions from evaporation of fuel -Seepage of spilled fuels into the soil and groundwater -Contact with drinking water, aquatic plants and animals - Queuing of vehicles within site -Impact on air quality - Generation of wastewater - Water pollution Generation of solid wastes including grease, old fuel tanks and domestic wastes -Generation of hazardous wastes - Odour -Soil contamination - Impacts on hydrology and water quality including potential threat to drains, surrounding groundwater and aquifers -Affect human health, aquatic plants and animals -Land and water pollution - Risks of dumping - Land contamination - Risks of dumping - Generation of used oil -Land and water contamination 4.0 Siting of activity The proposed development shall not occur in any area where there is heavy traffic or blind spots/dangerous bends where there is poor visibility. 5.0 Environmental conditions The major environmental issues are noise, generation of wastewater and fuel spillage and the following conditions shall be observed: (i) All electric motors such as pumps and compressors shall be housed in soundproof enclosures to keep noise level within permissible limits as per the Environment Protection (Environmental Standards for Noise) Regulations The noise exposure limits as per the above regulation are as follows: 2

29 Industrial noise Neighbourhood noise 7:00 21:00 60*dB(A) Leq 7:00 18:00 60 db(a) Leq 21:00 7:00 55*dB(A) Leq 18:00-21:00 55 db(a) Leq 21:00 7:00 50 db(a) Leq * A tonal character adjustment of +5 db(a) should be applied to the measured value where the noise has a definite continuous note such as a whine or hiss. (ii) (iii) (iv) (v) (vi) (vii) (viii) (ix) (x) All service areas shall be paved / asphalted to avoid dust nuisance A contingency plan as provided for under section 30 (3)(a) of the Environment Protection Act 2002 shall be prepared and implemented to combat any case of accidental spillage of fuel. All petroleum products and used oil must have secondary containment. Areas enclosed by secondary containment shall be maintained, and all accumulated water within secondary containment areas should be disposed of. The secondary containment shall have a storage capacity of 110 % of the capacity of the storage tank. All hazardous wastes shall be collected and disposed of as per the Environment Protection (Standards for Hazardous Wastes) Regulations Used oil shall be collected and disposed of as per the Environment Protection (Collection, Storage, Treatment, Use and Disposal of Used Oil) Regulations Solid waste shall be collected and disposed of. Wastewaters shall be collected, treated and disposed of. No nuisance by way of noise dust, odour shall be caused to the public and surrounding environment during site preparation, infrastructural works and during operation of the activity. The Department of Environment of the Ministry of Environment and NDU shall be informed in writing of the dates of commencement of works on site and operation of the activity for monitoring purposes. 3

30 6.0 Enforcement Under Section 13 of the Environment Protection Act 2002, the enforcing agencies for the different environmental medium or pollutants are as follows: S. No Environmental media/ pollutant Enforcing Agency 1 Noise, odour Ministry of Health and Quality of Life 2 Inland waters, effluents Ministry of Public Utilities 3 Solid wastes and hazardous wastes Ministry of Local Government The above-mentioned enforcing agencies shall monitor compliance with the conditions falling under their purview. 7.0 Offences Any person who fails to comply with any regulations/standards referred to in this guideline shall commit an offence and shall: (i) on a first conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding 50, 000 rupees and to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years. (ii) on a second or subsequent conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding 100,000 rupees and to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 8 years. For further information, please contact Information Counter, Department of Environment, Ground Floor Ken Lee Tower, 1, St Georges Street Port-Louis Tel: Website : 4

31 MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND NDU ENVIRONMENTAL GUIDELINE 9 INLAND HOTEL 1.0 Purpose of guideline This environmental guideline for inland hotel has been prepared by the Ministry of Environment & NDU to ensure that all environmental issues are duly taken into consideration by stakeholders. 2.0 Nature of development There has been a growing interest to construct inland hotels to cater for business travelers and tourists to allow them to stay in Mauritius at affordable prices. These inland hotels help to reduce pressures being exerted in the coastal zone. 3.0 Potential impacts The major environmental issues associated with an inland hotel are noise, air pollution, generation of solid wastes, and generation of wastewater. The different aspects, impacts and nuisances related to such activities are listed below: Activity Aspects Impacts/nuisances Construction phase Site preparation & construction - Generation of excavated soil, debris and construction wastes -Dumping into barelands, water bodies and drains Operation phase Day to day activities Storage of fuel for standby generator Operation of Generators, compressors, pumps Taxi, loading and unloading of goods - Use of heavy machinery Generation of solid wastes and generation of waste water -Dust, noise and mud -Visual impacts Foul smell Attraction of vermins, flies Contamination of water courses Fuel spillage Contamination of water courses Generation of air pollutants and Nuisance to nearby noise inhabitants Traffic implications Impact of the traffic in the region.

32 4.0 Siting of activity The site shall not be located in coastal areas. 5.0 Environmental considerations / conditions The major environmental issues are noise, air pollution, generation of solid wastes, and effluent disposal and the following conditions shall be observed: (i) All electric motors such as stand-by generator and air- conditioning devices shall be housed in soundproof enclosures to keep noise level within permissible limits as per the Environment Protection (Environmental Standards for Noise) Regulations The noise exposure limits as per the above regulation are as follows: Industrial noise Neighbourhood noise 7:00 21:00 60*dB(A) Leq 7:00 18:00 60 db(a) Leq 21:00 7:00 55*dB(A) Leq 18:00-21:00 55 db(a) Leq 21:00 7:00 50 db(a) Leq * A tonal character adjustment of +5 db(a) should be applied to the measured value where the noise has a definite continuous note such as a whine or hiss. (ii) All gaseous emissions from the bakery shall be within permissible limits as per the Environment Protection (Standards for Air) Regulations The stack emissions standards applicable to this undertaking are: Pollutant Standard (i) Smoke Ringelmann No. 2 or equivalent opacity (not to exceed more that 5 minutes in any period of one hour) (ii) Solid particles 200 mg/ m 3 (iii) Sulphuric acid mist 120 mg/ m 3 as sulphur trioxide or sulphur trioxide (iv) Hydrogen sulphide 5 ppm as hydrogen sulphide gas (v) Nitric acid or oxides of nitrogen mg/ m 3 as nitrogen dioxide (vi) Carbon monoxide mg/ m 3 as carbon monoxide (iii) All solid wastes generated from the inland hotel shall be collected and disposed of. 2

33 (iv) (v) (vi) Wastewaters shall be collected, treated and disposed of. No nuisance by way of noise dust, air pollution shall be caused to the public and surrounding environment during site preparation, infrastructural works and during operation of the activity. The Department of Environment of the Ministry of Environment and NDU shall be informed in writing of the dates of commencement of works on site and operation of the activity for monitoring purposes. 6.0 Enforcement Under Section 13 of the Environment Protection Act 2002, the enforcing agencies for the different environmental medium or pollutants are as follows: S. No Environmental media/ pollutant Enforcing Agency 1 Noise, odour Ministry of Health and Quality of Life 2 Effluents Ministry of Public Utilities 3 Solid wastes Ministry of Local Government 4 Air pollution Ministry of Environment The above-mentioned enforcing agencies shall monitor compliance with the conditions falling under their purview. 7.0 Offences Any person who fails to comply with any regulations/standards referred to in this guideline shall commit an offence and shall: (i) on a first conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding 50, 000 rupees and to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years. (ii) on a second or subsequent conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding 100,000 rupees and to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 8 years. For further information, please contact Information Counter, Department of Environment, Ground Floor Ken Lee Tower, 1, St Georges Street Port-Louis Tel: Website: 3

34 MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND NDU ENVIRONMENTAL GUIDELINE 10 FOOD PROCESSING for small and medium enterprises 1.0 Purpose of guideline This environmental guideline for food processing for small and medium enterprises has been prepared by the Ministry of Environment & NDU to ensure that all environmental issues are duly taken into consideration by stakeholders. 2.0 Nature of development The small and medium food processing enterprises includes preparation of sweets, salty snacks, ice cream, fish balls and noodles. 3.0 Potential impacts The major environmental issues associated with a food processing industry are noise, odour, generation of wastewater and air pollution. The different aspects, impacts and nuisances related to such activities are listed below:- Activity Aspects Impacts/ Nuisances Construction phase Site preparation / - Generation of excavated -Dumping into barelands, construction of soil, debris and water bodies and drains buildings ( where applicable) construction wastes Operation phase Use of Equipment and machinery Manufacturing activities (cutting, cooking, cleaning) - Use of heavy machinery -Dust, noise and mud -Visual impacts - Fuel consumption Noise and air pollution -Generation of solid wastes and liquid wastes -Pollution of watercourses Pests, rodents and flies, odour Washing of floors, equipment and utensils -Generation of used cooking oil -Contamination of water courses due to clogging of wastewater disposal systems. - Generation of wastewater - Risks of contamination of 1

35 Packaging of raw materials and products Use of refrigerants - Generation of plastic and carton boxes - Dispersion of refrigerants into the atmosphere water bodies - Visual impacts - Pests and rodents - Ozone depletion 4.0 Siting of activity Case to case basis. 5.0 Environmental conditions The major environmental issues are noise, odour, generation of wastewater and air pollution and the following conditions shall be observed: I. Physical and mechanical /electrical abatement measures shall be installed for to reduce odour and noise. II. Flue and odorous gases shall be channeled through ducts connected to a chimney stack which shall be designed as per good engineering practices. III. All gaseous emissions from the factory shall be within permissible limits as per the Environment Protection (Standards for Air) Regulations The stack emissions standards applicable to this undertaking are: Pollutant Standard (i) Smoke Ringelmann No. 2 or equivalent opacity (not to exceed more that 5 minutes in any period of one hour) (ii) Solid particles 200 mg/ m 3 (iii) Sulphuric acid mist 120 mg/ m 3 as sulphur trioxide or sulphur trioxide (iv) Hydrogen sulphide 5 ppm as hydrogen sulphide gas (v) Nitric acid or oxides of nitrogen mg/ m 3 as nitrogen dioxide (vi) Carbon monoxide mg/ m 3 as carbon monoxide IV. All electric motors such as stand-by generator and air- conditioning devices shall be housed in soundproof enclosures to keep noise level within permissible limits as per the Environment Protection (Environmental Standards for Noise) Regulations The noise exposure limits as per the above regulation are as follows: 2

36 Industrial noise Neighbourhood noise 7:00 21:00 60*dB(A) Leq 7:00 18:00 60 db(a) Leq 21:00 7:00 55*dB(A) Leq 18:00-21:00 55 db(a) Leq 21:00 7:00 50 db(a) Leq * A tonal character adjustment of +5 db(a) should be applied to the measured value where the noise has a definite continuous note such as a whine or hiss. V. The refrigerant used and the insulating materials shall be free from ozone depleting substances (ODS) and shall be environment friendly with low global warming potential and as approved by the National Ozone Unit of the Ministry of Environment & NDU. VI. All solid wastes generated from the food processing industry shall be collected and disposed of. Putrefiable wastes shall be stored below room temperature prior to disposal. VII. Wastewaters shall be collected, treated and disposed of VIII. No nuisance by way of noise dust, air pollution shall be caused to the public and surrounding environment during site preparation, infrastructural works and during operation of the activity. IX. The Department of Environment of the Ministry of Environment and NDU shall be informed in writing of the dates of commencement of works on site and operation of the activity for monitoring purposes. 6.0 Enforcement Under Section 13 of the Environment Protection Act 2002, the enforcing agencies for the different environmental medium or pollutants are as follows: S. No Environmental media/ pollutant Enforcing Agency 1 Noise, odour Ministry of Health and Quality of Life 2 Effluents Ministry of Public Utilities 3 Solid wastes Ministry of Local Government 4 Air pollution Ministry of Environment 3

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