Enerdu – The Environmental Self Assessment Process

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Class Environmental Self Assessment (Class EA)

Phase 1 – Project Concept: the initial concept phase of a project proposal and the development of public engagement and consultation plans. A Notice of Commencement must be sent to

  • adjacent and potentially affected riparian landowners/tenants;
  • potentially affected Aboriginal communities
  • The Ministry of Environment Regional Environmental Assessment Coordinator
  • The Ontario Regional Office of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
  • the local Ministry of Natural Resources officeand/or park zone office (for projects within a provincial park or conservation reserve)
  • other potentially interested government agencies (e.g. Municipal Affairs and Housing, Culture, Parks Canada etc.) as appropriate; 
  • potentially interested municipalities, incuding those hosting project-related infrastructure; 
  • other potentially directly affected water management infrastructure owners/operators
  • other directly interested or affected parties (e.g. members of the public that may be directly affected by some aspect of the project); and 
  • the President of the Ontario Waterpower Association 

The Notice of Commencement must include a map of the zone of influence of the project, an invitation to participate in the process, proponent contact details, an indication of opportunities to be involved, and for an existing infrastructure like the Enerdu station, a notice that subsequent direct notices will be provided to those who express an interest in the project

Phase 2 – Project Definition: the determination of project specific considerations and the start of public engagement and consultation in the EA process

Phase 3 – Project Assessment: development of mitigation strategies to address identified key considerations

Phase 4 – Documentation: summarizing and reporting on information analyzed and collected, outcomes of consultation and engagement and reaching conclusion on the Environmental assessment.