Those opposed to public and private projects often request that
they be "bumped up" to an individual environmental
assessment (EA) under the Environmental Assessment Act.
Full individual EAs take a lot of time and money, and are usually
considered a major obstacle to the approval of a project. But
although bump up requests frequently cause delay, they are almost
never granted. Now, one has (sort of).
By regulation 444/11, the Lieutenant Governor In Council has
made the Highland Companies proposed quarry in
Melancthon Township subject to a full individual EA under the
Ontario Environmental Assessment Act. The Minister of the
Environment had received over 700 bump up requests.
3191574 Nova Scotia Company Limited, doing business as the
Highland Companies, is seeking to quarry Amabel dolostone bedrock
on its huge landholdings in the Township of Melancthon, in the
County of Dufferin. The lands were reportedly acquired by
pretending they would be used for potato farming. Generally,
private sector projects such as quarries are not subject to the
Environmental Assessment Act (EAA) unless specifically
designated by regulation under section 39 (e) of the EAA, the
Lieutenant Governor in Council may make a regulation subjecting a
project under the EAA.
A regulation has been made which makes the proposed quarry
subject to the EAA, and will require the proponent to prepare an
environmental assessment (EA) before its project can proceed. See EBR Registry Number: 011-4581. Strictly
speaking, this is a designation, not a bump-up, but the effect for
the community is much the same.
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