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Nova Scotia Environmental Assessment Board

In 1995 the Environmental Assessment Act was repealed and the environmental assessment administrator replaced by an independent Environmental Assessment Board. The duties of the board were to review environmental assessment reports, hold public consultations on them and recommend to the minister whether the report should be approved or rejected and whether the project which was the subject of the environmental assessment should or should not proceed. The board's duties included conducting a public hearing or review pursuant to theEnvironment Act, conducting a ministerial investigation or study, carrying out any ministerial activity relating to alternate dispute resolution, reviewing environmental legislation and regulations, and administering the environmental awards program. Under 2011 revisions to the Energy Act, the board was replaced with minister-appointed environmental-assessment appeal panels.

Notes: Authority record based on Statutes of Nova Scotia: 1994-95 c. 1 (Part IV), 2011 c.61; Nova Scotia Environmental Assessment Board Regulations, N.S.R. 27/95.

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