Environmental Assessment (Nova Scotia, Canada)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

EZFeed Policy

Place Nova Scotia

Applies to States or Provinces Nova Scotia
Name Environmental Assessment (Nova Scotia, Canada)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Environmental Regulations
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas, Coal with CCS, Concentrating Solar Power, Energy Storage, Fuel Cells, Geothermal Electric, Hydroelectric, Hydroelectric (Small), Natural Gas, Nuclear, Solar Photovoltaics, Tidal Energy, Wave Energy, Wind energy
Active Policy Yes
Implementing Sector State/Province

Program Administrator Nova Scotia Environment
Primary Website http://www.novascotia.ca/nse/ea/

Last Review 2014-09-15


Nova Scotia Environment conducts environmental assessments on projects and developments to ensure they adhere to the laws and regulations of the province. Developments required to undergo an environmental assessment are listed in the Environmental Assessment Regulations; all large scale electricity generation projects will need to undergo an environmental assessment. These developments are called undertakings and are divided into two classes, Class 1 and Class 2.

Class 1 undertakings are usually smaller in scale and may or may not cause significant environmental impacts or be of sufficient concern to the public. Therefore, a public review of a proponent's initial submission or registration is required and the Minister will decide if a more detailed review and/or public hearing is required. These types of developments include, but are not limited to, mines, certain highways and waste/dangerous goods handling facilities.

Class 2 undertakings are typically larger in scale and are considered to have the potential to cause significant environmental impacts and concern to the public. These types of developments include, but are not limited to, solid waste incinerators, petrochemical facilities and pulp and paper plants. These undertakings require an environmental assessment report and formal public review which may include hearings.

The Minister has the authority to apply an environmental assessment to a policy, plan or program, or a modification, extension, abandonment, demolition or rehabilitation to those undertakings listed in Schedule A, and any other undertaking not listed under Class 1 or Class 2.

Policy Contact

Department Nova Scotia Environment
Address PO Box 442
Address 2 5151 Terminal Road
Place Halifax, Nova Scotia
Zip/Postal Code B3J 2P8
Phone 902-424-3600
Fax 902-424-0503
Website https://www.gov.ns.ca/nse/contact.asp?div=ea&pg=dept&bk=/nse/ea/legislation.asp

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Environment Act Environmental Assessment Regulations
Date Effective 2013-01-22
Date Enacted 1995-03-21