Canada-Alberta Agreement For Environmental Assessment Cooperation

11.3 If Canada becomes aware of a potential transboundary environmental impact under a project within the meaning of sections 46, 47 or 48 of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, whether the project is located in Alberta or another country with potential transboundary impacts in Alberta: 6.17 After the submission of the environmental assessment report by the proponent, The decision-making authorities of each Party shall initiate their own internal analysis of this information in order to understand the importance of the environmental impact. This analysis, specific to each party, is conducted at the same time as the environmental assessment report, but separately from the review of the environmental assessment report, to ensure that the requirements of the mandate have been met. CANADA AND ALBERTA agree that if only one of them is responsible for the environmental assessment of a project, there may be additional cooperative actions in the best interests of the environment, which can improve government decision-making and which are consistent with the spirit and intent of the sub-agreement and the objectives of the CCME Canada Agreement on Environmental Harmonization, 6.18 Each Party shall, as part of a cooperative environmental assessment, determine the environmental impacts, including their significance, taking into account the public interests. (17) The Joint Review Body may call upon independent non-governmental experts to provide advice on specific issues related to the environmental assessment of the project in order to comply with them. 9.1 In the case of projects subject to a cooperative environmental assessment, the Parties agree to cooperate to meet their respective public registry requirements. Both parties shall keep public registers in accordance with the requirements of their respective legislation. If a proposed development falls under the jurisdiction of both jurisdictions, the two governments cooperate to minimize duplication. This process is defined in a bilateral agreement: Canada-Alberta Agreement on Environmental Assessment Cooperation (2005) (Canada, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, 2005) (Government of Canada, 2005) online: ). CONSIDERING that Canada and Alberta recognize that environmental assessment is an important instrument of environmental management that contributes to the objective of sustainable development; and 6.19 Aboriginal community and traditional knowledge may be considered in conducting an environmental assessment. 6.16 If the information requirements set out in the terms of reference of the environmental assessment report and the deficiencies identified (including additional environmental assessment information requested by a Party in accordance with point 6.13) are met, the lead Party shall forward the environmental assessment report to the decision-making authorities for assessment in accordance with its legal requirements. 13.2 This Agreement does not apply to environmental assessment procedures that exist under a fonational authorization agreement or a self-management agreement.

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