Included in the amendments were provisions for the Canadian Environmental Assessment
Agency ("CEAA") to
assume responsibility for performing comprehensive studies of major
projects, except where the projects are regulated by the National
Energy Board ("NEB") and Canadian
Nuclear Safety Commission ("CNSC").
For pipeline and power line projects within the jurisdiction of
the NEB and nuclear facilities within the jurisdiction of the CNSC,
the CEAA will use Section 43 of the Act to allow the environmental
assessment ("EA")review procedures of
the NEB and CNSC to substitute for the EA review that would
normally be conducted by a CEAA Panel.
The CEAA has released separate draft Memoranda of
between the CEAA and the NEB, and between the CEAA and the CNSC, to
outline the processes whereby the NEB and CNSC can request the
Minister of the Environment to allow the NEB and CNSC to perform
their own public hearings and licensing reviews.
The NEB and CNSC will create their own Panels to conduct the EA
comprehensive studies. The Panels will be composed of persons who
are unbiased and free from any conflict of interest relative to the
major project, and who have knowledge or experience relevant to the
anticipated environmental effects of the major project.
On completion of the assessment, the NEB and CNSC will submit
reports to the Minister of Environment setting out the Panels'
conclusions and findings, including recommendations related to any
mitigation measures and follow-up programs that should be
implemented with respect to the major project, and a summary of the
comments received from the public and Aboriginal peoples.
Public comments on the draft MOUs will be accepted by the CEAA
until October 20, 2010. Visit the CEAA website for more
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