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Coverage of environmental assessment since January 23, 2024.

Ontario groups alarmed by changes to Endangered Species Act

"...Conservationists say the changes prioritize development interests over the protection of at-risk plant and animal species. A letter signed by 68 provincial conservation organizations outlining those concerns was sent last week to Andrea Khanjin, Ontario's minister of environment, conservation and parks. Canada's National Observer reached out to the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) for details about the proposed amendments but did not receive comments in time for publication..."

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Alberta regulator accepts Rockies coal mine application, will call public hearing

"...Alberta's energy regulator says it will accept an application and open hearings into a controversial open-pit coal mine on the southern slopes of the province's Rocky Mountains..."

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Vivian Sand Extraction Project Licence Application Not Approved!

"...The Government of Manitoba has rejected the proposed Environment Act licence application for Sio Silicas Vivian Sand Extraction Project. This decision is a victory for safe drinking water, science, and common sense. Manitoba Eco-Network (MbEN) and Our Line in the Sand (OLS) commend Manitoba for heeding community concerns and scientific evidence, as highlighted in last years Clean Environment Commission (CEC) hearing..."

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Alberta First Nation asks province for environmental review of mountain town projects

"...The federal government is rebranding the carbon tax rebate. Previously known as the Climate Action Incentive Payment, the Liberals are now calling it the 'Canada Carbon Rebate,' according to a release touting the amount Canadians will be reimbursed this year..."

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Alberta First Nations community asks for review of mountain town projects

"..."An (environmental impact assessment) is required due to the high importance of the lands where the project is proposed from both an environmental and a treaty and aboriginal rights perspective," says the Feb. 7 letter to Alberta Environment from Rae and Company, a law firm representing the First Nations..."

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Alberta First Nation calls for environmental review of mountain town projects Globalnews.ca

"...An Alberta First Nation has added its voice to a call for a provincial environmental assessment on two major property development projects in a neighbouring mountain town..."

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'A terrible spot': Area farmers concerned over proposed location for new Moose Jaw city landfill

"...A group of Moose Jaw area farmers are concerned over the proposed location of the citys new landfill. Moose Jaws current landfill, east of the city, is over 100 years old and nearing the end of its useful life. The city also says the facility would need upgrades to meet some modern regulations..."

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Radioactive waste beside Ottawa River will remain hazardous for thousands of years: Citizens' groups

"...Citizens groups from Ontario and Quebec have issued a warning saying that the radioactive waste destined for a planned nuclear waste disposal facility in Deep River, Ont. , one kilometre from the Ottawa River, will remain hazardous for thousands of years..."

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New coal mine proposed for B.C. Rockies

"...advagg_mod_2_check();Steel production is responsible for an estimated 11 per cent of global CO2 emissions and under the International Energy Agency’s net-zero emissions scenario, the steel industry’s emissions intensity must fall by about a quarter by 2030. The public comment period is open for NWP Coal Canada's proposed project to mine coal in B. C..."

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Eyes turn to B.C. as U.S. pauses approval of LNG projects

"...But other First Nations in the region are worried about the expanding LNG development. The Gitanyow hereditary chiefs are “quite concerned” about the impact of the proposed Ksi Lisims project on salmon estuaries in Gitanyow territory, as well as the overall climate repercussions, said Tara Marsden, Wilp sustainability director for the nation. What people are reading Inquiry goal is to 'uncover the truth,' about foreign interference, commissioner says By Jim Bronskill | News | January 29th 2024 Marsden declined to comment on Cedar LNG, the Haisla-led project, because the development sits outside Gitanyow ancestral territory..."

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New B.C. coal mine enters public comment period

"...One of the problems that other mines in the region hashad is selenium pollution, which comes from coal tailings. NWP proposes to reduce the potential for selenium pollution by using a drystack tailings approach, rather than a wet tailings pond..."

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Jobs in environmental assessment

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Senior Project Engineer (Environmental Policy Engineer) - Metro Vancouver (Burnaby, BC)

"...Inter-departmental communication and coordination will be required, therefore, strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build and maintain respectful working relationships with internal and external contacts under circumstances that are considered complex and time-sensitive is essential..."

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"...The SDCO investigates and processes alleged KFN law violations and takes remedial action as required to obtain compliance, recommends legal action as required, gathers evidence and prepares information for prosecution..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about environmental assessment.

Is Environmental Assessment Used to Obstruct Development? | The Agenda

"...Toronto planning and environmental lawyer Phil Pothen discusses the environmental assessment process and how that system is sometimes manipulated to delay or thwart increased density..."

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Regulatory review process: Near Surface Disposal Facility and Nuclear Power Demonstration projects

"...This webinar provides a brief overview of the CNSC, followed by a general overview of the environmental assessments and licensing reviews for the proposed Near Surface Disposal Facility Project and the proposed Nuclear Power Demonstration Closure Project..."

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Environmental Assessment Decisions Have No Shelf Life

"...The 2011 environmental assessment decision for the Darlington New Nuclear Project (DNNP) is still valid..."

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Webinar: Whiteshell Reactor-1 - Environmental assessment and licensing processes

"...This webinar provides a general overview of the CNSC and describes the ongoing environmental assessment and licensing processes for the proposed Whiteshell Reactor-1 decommissioning project..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about environmental assessment relevant to the latest news.

Swiss Agricultural Life Cycle Assessment: A method to assess the emissions and environmental impacts of agricultural systems an

"...This paper focuses on emission models for gaseous N, nitrate leaching, P emissions to water, soil erosion, pesticides, heavy metals, emissions from animal production and impact assessment methods for soil quality and biodiversity..."

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Environmental Assessment of Admixtures and Stone Powder in Cement Concrete

"...The environmental impact of concrete mixtures was evaluated in terms of embodied energy, carbon footprint, and cost analysis of different concrete mixes and compared with the plain mix..."

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A multisectoral assessment framework for the carbon footprint of integrated sustainable development systems in Dubai

"...The proposed cost-integrated environmental assessment was applied on the case of Dubai which has some of the world highest per capita records of carbon footprint, energy demand, and waste generation..."

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Considering Fish as Recipients of Ecosystem Services Provides a Framework to Formally Link Baseline, Development, and Post-oper

"...In most countries, major development projects must satisfy an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process that considers positive and negative aspects to determine if it meets environmental standards and appropriately mitigates or offsets negative impacts on the values being considered..."

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Environmental assessment coupled with machine learning for circular economy

"...The circular economy and its various recirculation loops have become a major study subject over recent years, particularly in the field of agriculture, which is a significant source of waste production..."

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Yellow, red, and brown energy: leveraging water footprinting concepts for decarbonizing energy systems

"...Energy use has historically been a high-quality proxy for socioenvironmental impacts of interest, but this characteristic depends on the relatively stable historical relationship between energy use (typically measured as exchanges of marketed energy resources and carriers like natural gas and electricity) and these impacts?a relationship that is increasingly weak..."

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An environmental assessment of the impacts of corruption, foreign investment inflow and trade liberalization in the rapidly eme

"...In the wake of various catastrophic consequences of climate change, Malaysia, a rapidly developing economy, is also inevitably experiencing environmental degradation that merits prompt and serious attention from policymakers and its government..."

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Innovative Sustainable Design and Techniques: A Review of Literature

"...Several developed nations have embraced the Green Building Construction considering the most affirmative solution to the conservation of their natural resources, less consumption of energy and minimize the construction negative impacts on the climate and environment..."

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Study of the Potential for Energy Use of Biogas From a Wastewater Treatment Plant To a Medium-Sized City: A Technical, Economic

"...As energy demand grows, linking wastewater treatment to electrical energy production through biogas from anaerobic digestion becomes an attractive alternative from both technical and economic perspectives..."

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Integration of a circular economy metric with life cycle assessment: methodological proposal of compared agri-food products

"...Purpose Based on the Material Circularity Indicator (MCI) and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) as effective circular and environmental measurement tools, respectively, the purpose of this article is firstly to propose an approach in which to apply the mentioned tools to correlate circularity with environmental impacts..."

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Exploring economic and environmental efficiency in renewable energy utilization: a case study in the Organization for Economic

"...The share of renewable energy has grown significantly in global energy supply, yet the evaluation of renewable energy utilization has remained limited..."

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