EIA FOLLOW-UP FOR FILLING STATIONS IN THE NORTH-WEST PROVINCE OF SOUTH AFRICA Sandham, Luke and Retief, Francois School of Environmental Science and Development North–West University Potchefstroom 2520 Tel: 018-299-1585 Email: email@example.com ABSTRACT Post–decision follow–up was never regulated in the first era of mandatory EIA that commenced in 1998 in South Africa. As EIA practice became more established, follow–up requirements were included as conditions of approval. These were increasingly implemented with the advent of the Environmental Management Inspectorate and then were mandated in the NEMA regulations. Within the context of the current legal and media attention directed at EIA authorisations for filling stations, this paper reports on an investigation into the level of conformance to the conditions of approval in environmental authorisations for filling station developments. A sample of 12 fillings stations in the North West province was investigated by means of site visits and questionnaires. The principal finding is that the level of conformance is lower than anticipated, with only 61% of conditions satisfactorily conformed to, of which over two–thirds could be regarded as only just satisfactory. The results serve as a baseline against which post–decision conformance can be assessed under the new EIA regulations promulgated in 2006, as part of the answer to the larger question of whether EIA is making a difference in South Africa.