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Environmental Assessment (Forestry) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1998

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Regulations 2(1) and 7(1)

SCHEDULEEnvironmental Statement

1.  An environmental statement comprises a document or documents providing, for the purpose of assessing the likely impact of the relevant project on the environment, the information specified in paragraph 2 below (in this Schedule referred to as “the specified information”).

2.  The specified information is—

(a)a description of the project comprising information about the site, the design and the extent thereof;

(b)the data necessary to identify and assess the main effects which the project is likely to have on the environment;

(c)a description of the likely significant effects of the project, direct and indirect, on the environment, explained by reference to its possible impact on—

  • human beings;

  • flora;

  • fauna;

  • soil;

  • water;

  • air;

  • climate;

  • the landscape;

  • the interaction between any of the foregoing;

  • material assets (including the architectural and archaeological heritage);

  • the cultural heritage;

(d)where significant adverse effects are identified with respect to any of the foregoing a description of the measures envisaged in order to avoid, or remedy those effects; and

(e)a summary in non-technical language of the information specified above.

3.  An environmental statement may include, by way of explanation or amplification of the specified information, further information on any of the following matters—

(a)the physical characteristics of the project, and the land-use requirements during the planting and subsequent stages;

(b)the main characteristics of the production processes proposed, including the nature and quality of the materials to be used;

(c)the estimated type and quantity of expected residues and emissions (including pollutants of water, air or soil, noise, vibration, light, heat and radiation) resulting from the project when planting is completed;

(d)(in outline) the main alternatives (if any) studied by the applicant and an indication of the main reasons for his choice, taking into account the environmental effects;

(e)the likely significant direct and indirect effects on the environment of the project which may result from—

(i)the use of natural resources;

(ii)the emission of pollutants, the creation of nuisances and the elimination of waste;

(f)the forecasting methods used to assess any effects on the environment about which information is given under sub-paragraph (e); and

(g)any difficulties, such as technical deficiencies of lack of knowledge, encountered in compiling any specified information.

In sub-paragraph (e) “effects” includes secondary, cumulative, short, medium and long-term, permanent and temporary, positive and negative effects.

4.  Where further information is included in an environmental statement pursuant to paragraph 3 a non-technical summary of that information shall be provided.

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