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Permits for Dredged Material

Milestone 3: Application is Submitted to Environment Canada

Step 6: Notice of Intent is Published

The applicant publishes a notice of intent in a newspaper of general circulation.

Action that initiates step

The Applicant requires a Disposal at Sea Permit.

Environment Canada (EC) roles and responsibilities

Provide advice where appropriate.

Other parties’ roles & responsibilities

Subject to possible variation by the Minister, the Applicant must publish a Notice of Intent in a newspaper of general circulation in the vicinity of the proposed loading and disposal activities to satisfy Section 127(2)(d) of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999). The Applicant should consult with EC to ensure that the content of the Notice of Intent is sufficient. Where appropriate, the Applicant should also consult with affected Aboriginal communities.

Forms to be completed

Not applicable.

Documentation involved in step

To those in the vicinity, the Notice of Intent explains the planned disposal activity, the intent of the project, its duration and location as well as the company name, company contact information, and relevant EC contact information.

Decision-making criteria

Not applicable.

Component Activities

This Step consists of the following activity:

  • The Applicant must publish a Notice of Intent that provides sufficient detail to adequately notify the appropriate audience of an impending Disposal at Sea permit application.

End-point, final product of step

The Notice of Intent is published. The Applicant has fulfilled this aspect of the application requirements.

Step 7: Applicant Consults with Other Legitimate Users and Managers of the Sea

  1. The applicant consults with other legitimate users and managers of the sea.
  2. The applicant provides potentially affected parties with opportunity to respond/comment.

Action that initiates step

The Notice of Intent is published (Step 6).

EC roles and responsibilities

Receive and record any public comments submitted in response to the Notice of Intent. Make the Applicant aware of those comments so that they can take appropriate action.

Other parties’ roles & responsibilities

The Applicant should consult with other legitimate users and, those potentially affected by the proposed disposal.

Forms to be completed

Not applicable.

Documentation involved in step

Not applicable.

Decision-making criteria

Not applicable.

Component Activities

This Step consists of the following activities:

  1. The Applicant consults with other legitimate users of the sea. The process would involve providing potentially affected parties with the information necessary to understand the activity, its potential impacts as well as the mitigations in place to prevent such impacts; and,
  2. The Applicant provides potentially affected parties with an opportunity to respond or to provide comments.

End-point, final product of step

Any conflicts with other users of the sea mitigated. Complete application.

Step 8: Application is Submitted

  1. The applicant submits a complete application.
  2. EC receives the application and confirms that it is complete.
    * Decision point (if complete, go to step 9; if incomplete, applicant provides additional information and goes back to 8a).

Action that initiates step

Application is complete (Step 7).

EC roles and responsibilities

In Step 8, the role of EC is to receive the application and to ensure that it is complete.

Other parties’ roles & responsibilities

The Applicant must submit an application in the prescribed form, provide the information required in the Regulations Respecting Applications for Permits for Disposal at Sea, submit the prescribed fees and evidence that that the Notice of Intent was published.

Forms to be completed

Disposal at Sea Permit Application (SOR /DORS 2001-276).

Documentation involved in step

The Applicant must supply the following with their application:

  • a clipping or copy of their Notice of Intent;
  • a disposal at sea application including the following information;
  • the type and amount of material intended for disposal;
  • for dredged material an appropriate chart or map showing the location of the load site relative to known landmarks;
  • a site diagram detailing the dimensions and depths of the proposed dredge or excavation cut, and nearby facilities or pollution sources and site history;
  • details describing the disposal site, including coordinates, depth and the expected dispersion of the material;
  • the method of disposal; and the equipment to be used; the time frames for the loading and disposal;
  • any mitigation measures and monitoring needed;
  • the rationale why disposal at sea is the environmentally preferable and practical option to manage the waste;
  • any opportunity to reduce, reuse, or recycle the waste;
  • the physical, chemical, and biological assessment of the waste, as appropriate;
  • application fee of $2500; and,
  • now or before permit gazetting, permit fees for dredged or inert inorganic geological matter ( eg. excavated material.)

EC is required to maintain the CEPA 1999 Registry for any Disposal at Sea Permit application. EC documents all fees paid.

Decision-making criteria

Have all application requirements been met and is there sufficient information upon which to render a decision.

Analyze each waste management option by way of a comparative assessment of the following:

  1. risks to human health;
  2. environmental costs;
  3. hazards (including accidents);
  4. economics; and
  5. exclusion of future uses.

Component Activities

This Step consists of the following activities:

  1. The Applicant submits a complete application, fees and the required supporting documentation; and,
  2. EC receives the application and confirms that it is complete.
  3. However, if the application is deemed incomplete, the Applicant must provide additional information before the government review proceeds.

End-point, final product of step

The application is deemed complete and is accepted for review.