EPEA and Water Act Application projects


EPEA and Water Act Application projects

Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA) and Water Act (WA) applications  might include

  • EPEA approval – new – non-EIA
  • EPEA approval – amendment – non-EIA
  • EPEA approval – renewals
  • WA approvals – new – non-EIA
  • WA approvals – Amendment
  • WA approvals – renewals
  • WA licences – new – non-EIA
  • WA licences – amendments
  • WA licences – renewals

Due to the similarity of the processes at a high level, the information is being considered together. However, we are dealing with two different acts, and the requirements and process will be different as we dive in to the details of the project.

EPEA aims to protect air, land, and water. EPEA and accompanying regulations set out in detail which activities require approvals and the requirements for obtaining them. The act supports a streamlined approach to approvals: coordinating and integrating the review of potential impacts of proposed projects on the environment.

The Water Act focuses on managing and protecting Alberta's water resources.

Application Submission

Proponents/clients submit applications (by e-mail) to the appropriate mailboxes identified on the AER website.

Review Process Summary for EPEA and Water Act Application Projects

  • Proponents/clients submit applications (by e-mail) to the appropriate mailboxes identified on the AER website.
  • Technical assistants upload the information onto environmental management system (EMS), which automatically triggers the public notice through the Integrated Application Registry (IAR). Parties or individuals can submit statements of concerns.
  • Technical assistants also upload the applications onto the electronic record keeping system (ERKS) and send out notifications to the appropriate coordinators/managers.
  • The coordinators initiate the technical review. They also refer the applications to the appropriate subject matter experts (and the Aboriginal Consultation Unit [ACO]).
  • Supplementary information requests can be triggered if additional information is required.  There can be multiple rounds of supplemental information requests (SIRs).
  • Once the technical review is complete, the statement of concern application review (SOCAR) process is initiated to determine whether the project needs to go through a hearing.
  • If the project is recommended for a hearing, a panel is established and the hearing process is initiated. After the hearing, a decision report will be published. If it is determined that a hearing is not required, then the technical review is complete.
  • Approvals are drafted based on the application and the decision report (if applicable), etc. The delegated decision-maker for each enactment is responsible for issuing those approvals. First Nation consultation (FNC) adequacy from ACO is needed before making a decision.
  • Once the decision is made, the signed approvals are sent to the proponent and all documents are uploaded onto ERKS.