Executing a Solid Waste Management Plan
The next step in the process was a site identification study followed by an Environmental Impact Assessment. The EIA process took place in all the regions except those with a Transfer Station. In those regions, the waste was collected and then sent to another Region’s Landfill.
The principle objective of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) study was to predict impacts which may be expected should the project proceed. The study, conducted in consultation with the residents from the area of potential impact, was also expected to identify methods of enhancing positive impacts and minimizing negative impacts resulting from the project.
Upon completion of the final draft of the EIA report, public meetings were held near the area where the project was proposed. At the public meetings, interested parties were encouraged to make comments, raise concerns, and ask questions pertaining to the EIA study. A summary of the public comments was presented to the Minister of Environment, and decisions were made by the Provincial Cabinet to deny or approve each site.