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ENVIRONMENTAL

COMPLIANCE

CERTIFICATE

PATRICK CACELA MICHAEL GARCIA

QUESTIONS TO BE ANSWER

What is ECC? There’s an Article that can discussed the ECC? What are the requirements needed? What are the procedure to be followed?

What are the contents of the EMPAS report recommending issuance of ECC?

What should be contained in the report recommending ECC denial?

Environmental Compliance Certificate

-the document issued by the DENR Secretary or the Regional Executive Director certifying that based on the representations of the proponent and the preparers, as reviewed and validated by the EIARC, the proposed project or undertaking will not cause a significant negative environmental impact.

An ECC is issued by DENR-EMB after a positive review of the project’s application.

The ECC contains specific measures and conditions that must be met by the project proponent before and during the operation of the project.

An ECC also certifies that the proponent has complied with all the requirements of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) System and has committed to implement its approved environmental management plan.

Sec. 15.0 Issuance of ECC

Within 15 days from receipt of the report of the EMB Director, unless circumstances warrant a longer period of time, the Secretary shall either grant or deny the issuance of the ECC. In granting or denying the issuance of the ECC, the Secretary shall take into account the social and environmental cost implications relative to the judicious utilization, development and conservation of the country’s natural resources.

Sec. 16.0 Transmittal of EIS Records and ECCs

In the event that an ECC is issued, the Secretary shall cause the transmittal of the EIS, all pertinent records and documents, and the ECC to the EMB within 10 days from the date of such issuance. The offices of the concerned Regional Executive Director, PENRO, CENRO, the Municipal/City Mayor and the proponent shall also be furnished a copy of the ECC within the same

REQUIREMENT

Letter of request to DENR-EMB stating desire to receive ECC;

Project Description, indicating raw materials to be used and process or manufacturing technology to be implemented;

Estimated project capacity, type and volume of products and discharges; and

Proof of possession of necessary capital for proposed project:

EMB Memorandum Circular No.

2015-008

-the online system of ECC application

Recommending ECC denial

If the IEE has been evaluated as not having satisfied the substantive requirements, the EMPAS may recommended denial of ECC. In case of an ECC denial recommendation, the following will be contained in the report to the RED.

Identification of specific issues and comments that have not been satisfied by the proponent; and Draft letter to inform proponent of ECC denial

PROCEDURE

Conduct Impact Assessment and Environmental Management Plan

Submit application letter to DENR- EMB for review and subsequent site inspection;

GENERAL PROCESS

First step: for applicants

Submits application to Environmental Impact Assessment Management Division(EIAMD) for screening.

Second step:

Screens ECC application

Third step:

Pays filling and processing fee

Fourth step:

Receives application then forwards to case handler

Fifth step:

Evaluates, conducts site inspection, prepares report, denial letter and/or drafts ECC to be forwarded to EIAMD

Sixth step:

Approval or denial of ECC including deliberation

Seventh step:

Releases of ECC or denial letter

Contents of the EMPAS report recommending issuance of ECC

-If the EMPAS finds that IEE has substantially addressed all the significant impacts and relevant issues by way of mitigation and enhancement measures, it shall recommend the issuance of the ECC. The report shall include a summary description of the project or undertaking presenting the following:

Environmental impacts and corresponding costed mitigation and enhancement measures; Key issues/concerns; Proponent’s response to issues; Compliance with review criteria, technical and substantive content social acceptability requirements; Acceptability of the proposed EMP

Projects that have no significant environment impact shall not be required to secure ECC.

In cases a Certificate of Non-Coverage (CNC) is to be secured for the perusal of other government agencies and/or organizations, the above-mentioned requirements may be submitted to the EMB or its Regional Offices.

Description of Categories

Category A

Projects or undertakings which are classified as environmentally critical projects (ECPs) under Presidential Proclamation No. 2146(1981), Proclamation No. 803(1996), and any others projects that may later be declared as such by the President of the Philippines. Proponents of these implemented from 1982 onwards are required to secure an Environmental Compliance Certificate(ECC)

Category B

Projects or undertakings which are not classified as ECP under Category A, but which are likewise deemed to significantly affect the quality of the environment by virtue of being located in Environmental Critical Area(ECA) as declared under Proclamation 2146 and according to the parameters set forth in the succeeding sections. Proponents of these projects implemented from 1982 onwards are required to secure an ECC.

Category C

A projects or undertakings not falling Category A or B which are intended to directly enhance the quality of the environment or directly address existing environmental problems.

Category D

Projects or undertakings that are deemed unlikely to cause significant adverse impact on the quality of the environment according to the parameters set forth in the Screening Guidelines. These projects are not covered by the Philippines EIS system and are not required to secure an ECC.

Determining categories for existing projects for expansion/modification

Existing projects that will undertake expansion, rehabilitation and/or modification shall request EMB for amendment of ECC

Major ECC amendment

The requested amendment is considered major when the modification is envisaged to have an additional and significant negative/adverse impact to environment

Examples of Major ECC amendments

Expansion of project area outside the catchment or environment as described in the original EIA Report

Increase in the project size parameter by more than the corresponding coverage thresholds as indicated in Annex A

Minor ECC amendment

The requested amendment is considered minor when modification has no or negligible adverse impact to environment or those that can be addressed by existing or modified EMP.

Also considered minor amendments are request for change in name, address and similar administrative matters.

Examples of Minor ECC amendments

Typographical error

Extension of deadlines for submission of post ECC requirements

Extension of ECC validity (should be filed three months prior to expiration)

Change in company name/ownership

Projects that have stopped operation for more than 5 years are not required to obtain a new ECC provided all of the following conditions are met:

:

CMR/CMVR had continuously been submitted or an official request for suspension of the CMR/CMVR had been approved by EMB.

No request for relief and/or cancellation of ECC had been approved

The resumption of operation will nit involve expansion in terms of production capacity(volume of output; number of product lines) or area

There is no change in ownership or corporate dissolution

A project is deemed to have stopped operation when all of the following conditions

are met:

All production, processing or manufacturing activities have ceased.

The absence of any emission or discharges except those attributed to domestic activities of maintenance or administrative personnel only.