Trash Talk: What is an environmental impact assessment?

An environmental impact assessment will be performed for the new integrated solid waste management facilities that will form ReGen, Cayman’s Energy and Recycling Centre.

Dart Engineering Coordinator Martin Edelenbos says an environmental impact assessment process examines the anticipated environmental consequences of a project and offers the opportunity for public consultation.

“The environmental impact assessment will help ensure that final design details for the new facilities are fully informed, while providing an opportunity for all stakeholders, including the wider community, to participate in the process,” he says.

ReGen will feature nine integrated waste management facilities designed to work together to reduce the amount of waste being landfilled on Grand Cayman by up to 95%.

“The facilities will include an energy recovery facility, a material recovery facility, a green waste mulching or composting facility, a construction and demolition waste facility, and a household waste recycling centre,” Edelenbos says.

The environmental impact assessment will kick off with the publishing of the draft terms of reference. Once the draft terms of reference are made available, a 21-day public consultation period will commence.

“The consultation will include public meetings to ensure everyone has the chance to ask questions, learn more and have their voices heard,” Edelenbos says. “When the time comes, we hope the community will seize this opportunity to have a say in what will be a major infrastructure project.”

The final terms of reference will act as a road map for the Dart-led consortium to conduct the necessary studies that will form the basis of an environmental statement. The environmental statement will also be subject to a public consultation period before it is finalised.

Next, the Environmental Assessment Board established specifically for the project, will prepare a final recommendation to accompany the "Environmental Statement" for consideration by the government in making a final decision on the project facility designs and specifications.

For more information on the environmental impact assessment process, and to be informed on public meeting dates and venues, visit regen.ky.

“Questions can also be sent by email to [email protected] for the project team to answer,” Edelenbos says.

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This article appears in print in the April 2021 edition of Camana Bay Times, written by Hannah Reid.

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