The Environmental Assessment Certificate (EAC) and federal Decision Statement gave us permission to proceed with construction on Site C, subject to a number of conditions regarding construction and operation of the project.
In addition, we obtained federal Fisheries Act and Canadian Navigable Waters Act approvals for the project.
While we're exempt from a number of permits under the Hydro and Power Authority Act, we routinely apply for permits in the interest of transparency. This includes permits and tenures under the Forest Act, Land Act, Mines Act, Water Sustainability Act, Heritage Conservation Act, and Wildlife Act.
Working with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, we have established a cooperative consultation process with Indigenous groups, aiming to hold meaningful and timely consultation on provincial permits applications.
We take compliance with the Site C Clean Energy Project's environmental requirements very seriously.
The project receives regular inspections from federal and provincial compliance officers and retains an independent environmental monitor who inspects the project on a weekly basis. In addition to these external inspectors, all contractors employ their own environmental monitoring teams.
We employ our own large team, located at site, which conducts daily compliance inspections across the project to verify compliance with the thousands of project requirements.