What is this engagement about?
The Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) is developing a new Reviewable Projects Regulation (RPR) to replace the current RPR. This regulation sets out the criteria for determining which projects should be reviewable and required to undergo an environmental assessment (EA). EAs are conducted across Canada by provinces, territories and the federal government to assist in determining whether proposed major projects should proceed to construction and, if so, under which terms and conditions. In British Columbia, the EAO assesses major projects for potential environmental, social, economic, health and heritage effects.
The EAO is seeking public feedback on the proposed regulation and has produced an Intentions Paper that sets out the current policy recommendations for the new proposed RPR, including proposed Reviewable Project criteria as well as supporting appendices.
Feedback will be accepted until Monday October 7, 2019 at 11:59PDT.
Updates to the Reviewable Projects Regulation are part of the Environmental Assessment Revitalization – an initiative to modernize the way British Columbia conducts environmental assessments to ensure the rights of First Nations are respected, and the public’s expectation of a strong, transparent process is met.
For more information vist the Environmental Assessment Revitalization website.
Organizations wishing to make a formal submission regarding this engagement can visit the Guidelines for Formal Submissions on Regulations and Policies web page for additional details.
How can my contribution make a difference?
Feedback on the Proposed Reviewable Projects Regulation will be carefully considered by Environmental Assessment Office staff, who will integrate suggestions into the regulation where appropriate. A What We Heard Report will be released sometime in late October outlining the feedback received, including how the feedback was incorporated (or not incorporated) into the final Regulation (and why).
Details of the Engagement:
Date: September 6, 2019 to October 7, 2019
Category: Environmental Protection