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South Africa’s Environment Minister Asks to Appeal Air-Quality Ruling

  • Court ordered government to take action to curb air pollution
  • Eskom, Sasol operate coal-fired power plants, refineries
Barbara Creecy

Barbara Creecy

Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg
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South Africa’s government has asked for leave to appeal parts of a High Court ruling that ordered it to act against air pollution caused by Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. and Sasol Ltd. in a key industrial zone. 

Environmental Affairs Minister Barbara Creecy, in an affidavit filed with the court, questioned the ruling’s interpretation of a section of the Air Quality Control Act that she has a duty, rather than discretion, to prescribe rules to implement and enforce anti-pollution regulations. In her ruling, Judge Colleen Collis said Creecy had “unreasonably delayed” passing the regulations.