Environmental Assessment Office
News & Announcements
Here you’ll find news and announcements related to the Environmental Assessment Process and The Environmental Assessment Office.
Visit the EPIC Activities & Updates page for all news and announcements related to specific projects.
Website Content updated
In support of the EAO’s continuous efforts to make information more readily accessible, the content on eao.gov.bc.ca has been updated to reflect the most up-to-date information. Additionally, all project specific news and announcements (previously found here) have now been moved to the EAO projects.eao.gov.bc.ca. If you cannot find the information you are looking for, or have questions or concerns, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public Communication During the Provincial Election
Tuesday, April 11 marks the start of the provincial election or writ period. As a result, the government will be observing Elections BC rules and restricting public communication and our web and social media presence to items that are statutory in nature, necessary health and safety information, or related to services that remain available to the public during the writ period.
The work of the Environmental Assessment Office will continue during the writ period. The information that is currently posted will remain and we will be posting project-specific documents to EPIC – the Environmental Assessment Office's web-based Project Information & Collaboration application - as required by our regulations. We are still available to answer questions. If you have a question, please contact us by e-mail at email@example.com. We will be happy to respond.
Cumulative Effects Framework Interim Policy
The cumulative effects framework interim policy has been released by the Natural Resource Board. The approval of the cumulative effects framework interim policy is the result of years of collaborative work developing the framework, testing procedures, refining assessments, engaging stakeholders and improving the policy.
This release includes an information bulletin that describes the relationship between the cumulative effects framework and reviewable project environmental assessment. The EAO has also posted a new bulletin describing how cumulative effects are addressed in EAO-led environmental assessments.
Updated Online EAO Project Information & Collaboration System
On February 2, 2017, the BC Environmental Assessment Office released a test ("beta") version of a new and improved EAO Project Information & Collaboration system (EPIC). This beta application – a fully-functional starting point upon which to build continuous improvements – makes it faster and easier to find important information, access key documents, and send in your comments during public comment periods. The Environmental Assessment Office is seeking your feedback on this beta version to build more functionality and improvements in subsequent releases. The new version of EPIC is now publicly available at https://www.projects.eao.gov.bc.ca and can also be accessed via the Environmental Assessment Office's website.
This policy bulletin clarifies the requirements under the Water Sustainability Act (WSA) and the Environmental Assessment Act (EAA) for groundwater users. Policy Bulletin for Groundwater Users