Environmental Law

Section 2: Legislation that Protects the Environment

The Environmental Assessment Process

As you read earlier, the EPEA ( Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act ) sets out a process for assessing the environmental impact of proposed projects. All such projects must be brought to the attention of those who administer the Act.

Whether or not an EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) report is done, while a review of a project is being carried out there must be an opportunity for members of the public to have input. Any persons directly affected by the proposed project can submit a written "statement of concern" in which they explain their concerns with the proposal. All information is to be made public as well.

When all concerned have had their say, the authorities of Alberta Environment have to decide whether or not to give approval to the project. If approval is given, it will likely contain terms and conditions that must be met if the project is to be allowed.

If approval is denied, the organization behind the project has the right to appeal this decision to the Environmental Appeal Board, a body created by the EPEA ( Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act ). Similarly, if approval is given, people directly affected by the environmental impact of the project may appeal to the Environmental Appeal Board.

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