For Immediate Release
March 28, 2017
ST. JOHN’S, NL – The Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association (NEIA) is pleased with a provincial government commitment to review environmental assessment and environmental permitting processes.
“NEIA believes that there are significant opportunities to modernize the province’s environmental regulatory framework,” says Kieran Hanley, NEIA’s Executive Director. “We see opportunities where efficiencies can be achieved for both the public and private sectors – without impacting environmental outcomes.”
NEIA’s membership is comprised of environmental professionals who work in jurisdictions across Canada and throughout the world. “Our members see, on a daily basis, regulatory approaches which not only have proven to be effective – but also which can facilitate growth and economic development,” said Hanley. “NEIA is looking forward to having the opportunity to work with its partners to collaborate in achieving the best possible outcomes for the environment, the economy, and the taxpayer.”
Hanley says that NEIA and its members have long been asking for an update of the province’s environmental regulatory framework. “Industry is encouraged that government is responding to its expressed needs, and is pleased to see this commitment.”
The province made the commitment to review assessment and permitting processes as part of the next phase of its ‘way forward’ document, released on Monday.
NEIA is a not-for-profit association of businesses that promotes the growth and development of the green economy in Newfoundland and Labrador. NEIA has over 200 members. More information can be found at http://www.neia.org.
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