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Environmental Assessments of new or expanded air emission sources

In recent years, many Canadian jurisdictions have enacted laws that require major new projects or activities (or major expansions) to undergo an environmental assessment (EA) before proceeding. The purpose of an EA is to identify potential environmental impacts and costs and to balance these against known benefits.

EA processes can provide an important conduit for public input and feedback, and provide a means for the public to register their concerns or opposition to proposals that are likely to harm air quality. However, many existing EA regimes are fairly limited in scope and may, in many instances, not apply to proposals about which you are concerned. To determine the potential applicability of EA laws to a proposal you have concerns about, you should contact a lawyer: see Citizen’s Toolkit for suggestions.

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