Twenty-eight Environmental Assessments; Zero Panel Reviews: The First Year of CEAA 2012

September 5, 2013 by Administrator

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 came into force July 6, 2012, replacing the previous Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. According to the Harper government, CEAA 2012 was designed to streamline the environmental assessment process, which in practice has meant a drastic cutback in the number of assessments done across Canada. The new statute also requires that all project owners submit project descriptions to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.  

It has been over a year now since the new law has been in operation. Here is a snapshot of the work done so far:

·         Between July 6, 2012 and July 6, 2013, a total of 40 projects were subject to the process of environmental assessment

·         38 projects have submitted project descriptions

·         28 projects have been referred for environmental assessment. Of these 28,

o   22 are being assessed by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

o   5 have been substituted for provincial environmental assessment

o   1 is being assessed by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

·         7 projects with project descriptions have been determined to not require assessment

·         1 project has been referred for a transitional comprehensive study

·         0 projects have been referred for panel review

By contrast, over 5000 screenings, comprehensive studies and panel reviews were conducted in 2008 under CEAA.

by Administrator

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