2009 Fall Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development

Fall 2009 Report—Chapter 1

Exhibit 1.4—The environmental assessment (EA) process has five phases

This flow chart shows not only what to do if a proposed project is identified as interacting with the environment but also the 5 phases of an environmental assessment and the steps that are to be taken during each phase. It is important to note that in each of the 5 phases, specific Registry obligations must be fulfilled.

What to do if a proposed project is identified as interacting with the environment:
  1. Determine if the Act applies.
  2. Determine the type of environmental assessment.
  3. Identify who’s involved.

Phase 1: Plan the environmental assessment

Steps to be taken:

  1. Coordination of involved parties.
  2. Establishment of Registry Internet site and project file.
  3. Identification of information needs and sources.
  4. Determination of scope of the project and the scope of factors.
  5. Determination of whether public participation is appropriate.
  6. Consideration of whether a follow-up program is appropriate.

Phase 2: Conduct analysis and prepare the environmental assessment report

Steps to be taken:

  1. Conduct of environmental assessment analysis.
  2. Public participation, if applicable.
  3. Review and consideration of public comments.
  4. Preparation of the environmental assessment report.

Phase 3: Review environmental assessment report

Steps to be taken:

  1. Review of environmental assessment report by appropriate authorities.
  2. Review of environmental assessment report by public, if applicable.
  3. Review and consideration of comments received.

Phase 4: Make environmental assessment decision

Steps to be taken:

  1. Decision regarding significance of environmental effects.
  2. Determination of whether a follow-up program is appropriate.

Phase 5: Implement mitigation and follow-up program, as appropriate

Steps to be taken:

  1. Design of follow-up program, if appropriate.
  2. Implementation of mitigation measures.
  3. Implementation of follow-up program, if appropriate.

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