Both federal and provincial laws required an Environmental Assessment (EA) of potential environmental impacts before the cleanup could begin.
The purpose of the EA was to make sure we didn't overlook any potential adverse environmental effects of the cleanup. We want to be sure the measures we're taking will be effective in preventing harm to people and the environment.
The Canadian Environmental Assessment Act establishes three main levels of EA: a screening (the simplest form of review), a comprehensive study (a more involved process), and a panel review (the most rigorous form of review possible).
In May 2005, on the recommendation of Public Works Minister Scott Brison, Environment Minister Stephane Dion ordered a full panel review of the cleanup plan, the most rigorous form of environmental assessment available.
Nova Scotia agreed to participate, and in September 2005, the two governments named three people to conduct the Joint Panel Review.
Below is a list of events that took place and shaped the cleanup solution.
The Joint Panel Review of the Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens cleanup begins with an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Three experienced environmental engineering companies helped the Sydney Tar Ponds Agency prepare the EIS.
On April 19, 2006, the Joint Review Panel began three weeks of public hearings on the Sydney Tar Ponds Agency's Environmental Impact Statement. That 3,000-page document addressed the range of environmental impacts possible as a result of the implementation of the Agency's proposal to clean up the Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens properties. It also detailed the measures the Agency will implement to mitigate those impacts.
The agency and its consultants have prepared a 27-page summary of the report in plain language. You can download it here
The Review Panel delivered its report to the federal and provincial governments July 13, 2006.
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Response to the Joint Panel Review Environmental Assessment
The Sydney Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens Remediation Project has undergone a joint federal-provincial environmental assessment. An independent Joint Review Panel submitted their report to the provincial and federal Ministers of Environment in July, 2006. There were 55 recommendations directed at both provincial and federal government departments and agencies.
Here is the Government of Nova Scotia's response to the Panel's report:
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Here is the Federal Government of Canada's response to the Panel's report:
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