CEAA 2012: The End of Federal EA as We Know It?

(2012) 24 Journal of Environmental Law and Practice 1

17 Pages Posted: 13 Jul 2012 Last revised: 19 Nov 2012

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Meinhard Doelle

Dalhousie University - Schulich School of Law; Dalhousie University - Marine and Environmental Law Institute

Date Written: July 10, 2012

Abstract

This commentary assesses the key changes to the federal EA process contained in the 2012 Budget Implementation Bill. The resulting CEAA 2012 is compared to the federal EA process in place since the implementation of the original CEAA in 1995. The article concludes that the key changes in CEAA 2012, including the shift in responsibility for EA, the discretionary triggering process, the narrow scope, new powers of delegation, substitution and equivalency, and the more restricted role of the public all go counter to the improvements to CEAA 1995 suggested in the academic literature.

Keywords: Environmental Assessment, Canada, Federal, Legislation

Suggested Citation

Doelle, Meinhard, CEAA 2012: The End of Federal EA as We Know It? (July 10, 2012). (2012) 24 Journal of Environmental Law and Practice 1 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2104336 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2104336

Meinhard Doelle (Contact Author)

Dalhousie University - Schulich School of Law ( email )

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Dalhousie University - Marine and Environmental Law Institute ( email )

6061 University Avenue
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4H9
Canada

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