Municipal Affairs and Environment
April 4, 2019
Consultations Begin on Provincial Environmental Assessment
The Honourable Graham Letto, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment, was joined today by Kieran Hanley, Executive Director of the Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association (NEIA), to launch public consultations on the provincial environmental assessment processes and regulations. Data gathered will be used to modernize environmental assessments in a way that ensures environmental protection and effective industry regulation.
The public, businesses, and environmental, community, and industry organizations are encouraged to be a part of the consultations process. Visit EngageNL.ca to fill out the online questionnaire, read the discussion document, or provide a written submission. Written submissions can also be emailed to EAReview@gov.nl.ca or sent by regular mail to:
Provincial Environmental Assessment Review
Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment
P.O. Box 8700
St. John's, NL
These consultations build on commitments in The Way Forward to strengthen the province’s economic foundation and deliver better services and better outcomes for residents. The Way Forward outlines all actions the Provincial Government is taking to achieve a strong, diversified province with a high standard of living, and can be viewed at thewayforward.gov.nl.ca.
“Our department is working hard to ensure that the environment is protected and to provide consistency and efficiency to those undergoing environmental assessment. This is the first time since 2002 that this legislation and process has been reviewed, and we look forward to receiving submissions that we can use to inform improvements to the provincial system.”
Honourable Graham Letto
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment
“Industry believes that an environmental assessment process that is more clear and consistent can maintain or even improve environmental outcomes – while achieving greater efficiency. NEIA and its members have worked hard to develop a comprehensive series of recommendations for the Provincial Government’s consideration. We are ready to engage in this public consultation, and encourage others to participate as well so that Newfoundland and Labrador can achieve the best possible result.”
Executive Director, Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association
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