Environmental Review FAQ

When is a project considered Not Likely to Adversely Affect?

Date Published: May 2014

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A project can be considered Not Likely to Adversely Affect protected resources if all potential effects are beneficial, discountable, or insignificant. Beneficial effects are contemporaneous positive impacts without any adverse effect. Discountable effects are defined as effects that are extremely unlikely to occur. To be defined as Insignificant, the size of the potential effect should be so small that it should never reach the scale where take could occur. Overall, for a finding of “not likely to adversely affect” to be appropriate, any effects must be very small, very unlikely, or purely helpful to the species. If all potential impacts are not beneficial, discountable, or insignificant, the project is considered Likely to Adversely Affect, and formal consultation is required.

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