The NRCB coordinates with Environment and Protected Areas to establish the joint terms of reference for reviewable projects. The terms of reference set out common information requirements for the Board review and the environmental impact assessment. Environmental impact assessments (EIAs) ensure the applicant has considered cumulative impacts on the environment and community, and has consulted with the affected community.
The EIA submitted by the applicant is reviewed by the Board and the NRCB’s science and technology division staff, Environment and Protected Areas, and other authorities, as required by the application. Environment and Protected Areas leads the review of the EIA. The applicant may be asked to provide supplemental information before the EIA is determined to be complete.
The Board’s review process is initiated when the Board receives the completed EIA. At that point a notice is issued to advise the public of the application and the review.