7.0 Regulatory and Permitting
The regulatory consultation, application and permitting process for the Project was progressing as anticipated at the point of Project cancellation. The scope of the environmental assessment was defined in large part by NRCan's determination that the Project was subject to a screening level assessment and the Province's decision not to request the completion of an Environmental Impact Assessment. Provincial regulatory permitting requirements were also as expected, though there was some uncertainty surrounding Alberta Utilities Commission application requirements given CCF design modifications which resulted in no energy penalty for Keephills 3 and no grid connection for the power generating unit. The general impression from the provincial and federal regulators was that the permitting schedule was achievable.