Class Environmental Assessment for Minor Transmission Facilities
July 13, 2022
Hydro One Networks Inc., as part of the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks’ (ministry) environmental assessment modernization initiative, submitted amendments to its approved Class Environmental Assessment for Minor Transmission Facilities for a decision under the Environmental Assessment Act (EAA) by the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks.
The changes provide routine and low-risk refurbishments to existing transmission lines and temporary transmission line projects, such as the replacement of damaged and aging wood poles, the opportunity for exemption from requiring an environmental assessment provided that an archaeological screening process is successfully completed. Changes also clarify that responding to an emergency is exempt from the requirements of an environmental assessment, consistent with other class environmental assessments. These changes will help get these projects started sooner so communities can benefit from reliable and cost-effective electricity services. We have also made administrative updates, such as incorporating recent legislative changes and clarifying terminology. The changes are effective immediately.
To view the Notice of Amendments, CLICK HERE!
To view the MECP letter to stakeholders, CLICK HERE!