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Environmental Assessment Decision

Environment Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Public Works and Government Services Canada and Transport Canada have taken the following course of action on June 21, 2013 relating to the screening-type environmental assessment of the Maritime Link Project. The authorities may exercise any power or perform any duty or function with respect to the project because, after taking into consideration the screening report and taking into account the implementation of appropriate mitigation measures, the authorities are of the opinion that the project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.

Implementation of mitigation measures is required for the project to address adverse environmental effects to the following environmental components:

  • Geophysical Environment (e.g. active geological zones, active seabed features, coastlines)
  • Atmospheric Environment (e.g. air quality, acoustic environment)
  • Water Resources (e.g. wetlands, groundwater)
  • Aquatic Environment - marine and freshwater (e.g. fisheries, water quality)
  • Vegetation
  • Wildlife and Wildlife Habitat (e.g. avifauna and species at risk)
  • Archeological and Heritage Resources
  • Navigation, and;
  • Current Use of Land and Resources for Traditional Purposes by Aboriginal Persons   

Pending final siting, a follow-up program to verify the accuracy of the environmental assessment or determine the effectiveness of any measures taken to mitigate the adverse environmental effects may be required for this project.

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