Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act
Marginal note:Assessment by Review Board
128 (1) On completing an environmental assessment of a proposal for a development, the Review Board shall,
(a) where the development is not likely in its opinion to have any significant adverse impact on the environment or to be a cause of significant public concern, determine that an environmental impact review of the proposal need not be conducted;
(b) where the development is likely in its opinion to have a significant adverse impact on the environment,
(i) order that an environmental impact review of the proposal be conducted, subject to paragraph 130(1)(c), or
(ii) recommend that the approval of the proposal be made subject to the imposition of such measures as it considers necessary to prevent the significant adverse impact;
(c) where the development is likely in its opinion to be a cause of significant public concern, order that an environmental impact review of the proposal be conducted, subject to paragraph 130(1)(c); and
(d) where the development is likely in its opinion to cause an adverse impact on the environment so significant that it cannot be justified, recommend that the proposal be rejected without an environmental impact review.
Marginal note:Review Board’s report
(2) The Review Board shall, within nine months after the day on which a proposal is referred to it under section 125 or subsection 126(2) or the day on which it starts to conduct an assessment under subsection 126(3), complete its environmental assessment and make a report of that assessment to
(a) the federal Minister, who shall distribute it to every responsible minister;
(b) any designated regulatory agency from which a licence, permit or other authorization is required for the carrying out of the development; and
(c) if the development is to be carried out wholly or partly on Tlicho lands, the Tlicho Government.
Marginal note:Time limit — hearings
(2.1) If the Review Board holds a public hearing during the conduct of the environmental assessment, the time limit referred to in subsection (2) is extended to 16 months.
Marginal note:Extension of time limit by federal Minister
(2.2) The federal Minister may, at the request of the Review Board, extend the time limit referred to in subsection (2) or (2.1) by a maximum of two months to take into account circumstances that are specific to the proposal.
Marginal note:Extension of time limit by Governor in Council
(2.3) The Governor in Council may, on the recommendation of the federal Minister, further extend the time limit extended under subsection (2.2) any number of times.
Marginal note:Excluded period
(2.4) If the Review Board requires the person or body that proposes to carry out the development to provide information, or collect information or undertake a study with respect to the development, then the period that is taken by that person or body, in the Review Board’s opinion, to comply with the requirement is not included in the calculation of the time limit or of its extension.
Marginal note:Copies of report
(3) The Review Board shall provide a copy of its report to any body that conducted a preliminary screening of the proposal, to any body that referred the proposal to the Review Board under subsection 126(2) and to the person or body that proposes to carry out the development.
Marginal note:Areas identified
(4) The Review Board shall identify in its report any area within or outside the Mackenzie Valley in which the development is likely, in its opinion, to have a significant adverse impact or to be a cause of significant public concern and specify the extent to which that area is affected.
- 1998, c. 25, s. 128
- 2005, c. 1, s. 78
- 2014, c. 2, s. 206
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