Environmental Assessment

Environmental Assessment Process

In accordance with the Nova Scotia Environment Act, the design and construction of a treatment facility to replace the existing facility at Boat Harbour is a 'modification to an existing undertaking'. The design and construction of a new facility will follow the process of a Class 1 Environmental Assessment (EA). EA approval from the Nova Scotia Minister of Environment is required prior to construction and operation.

As part of a Class 1 project, impacts to valuable ecological components will be assessed and mitigation measures identified. This includes assessing the socio-economic and natural environments. Additional information on what an EA is, and the EA process is available on Nova Scotia Environment's (NSE) website. Follow this link to NSE’s guidance document on citizen engagement with the EA process.

The general process of an EA is outlined below. More detailed information on the project schedule and progress can be found in the project overview.

Federal agencies will provide input to the province's EA review and will be engaged as required.

Your Input Is Important.

Engagement and consultation will occur during our study in order for the project team to understand community concerns, and develop a more complete understanding of the area, prior to Project Registration. Environmental planning to protect or mitigate risks will be developed from this understanding.

There will be several ways that input will be sought, including multiple open-house sessions and this interactive website. You can provide your comments and concerns any time. To be kept informed of upcoming sessions and project progress, please complete the Contact Us form to be added to the project notification list.

Environmental Assessment Registration

Once the environmental assessment study is completed, a formal Environmental Assessment Registration document will be submitted to Nova Scotia Environment (NSE) for review. This document includes comments received during the EA study and how they have been addressed or mitigated in the facility design. Consistent with the Environmental Assessment Act, at the time of Registration formal Notice will be issued to the public and project notification list. The formal 30 day review period then begins, where comments are addressed directly to NSE. All information and comments/concerns received are considered as part of the EA Review process. The Environment Minister then makes his/her decision.