The National Conservation Council told Cayman 27 a decision to require an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is not taken frivolously.
Under the National Conservation Law, government entities must consult with the council before approving projects that could negatively impact biodiversity and sustainable use of natural resources that came into effect in August 2016.
Since that time, the DOE on behalf of the conservation council has reviewed 368 applications, recommending 94% for approval without an EIA. 10 were recommended for refusal, six were deferred for various reasons including incomplete paperwork.
Just six applications, less than 2%, were recommended for EIAs.
The other application recommended for an EIA was Dart’s application to remove almost a quarter-mile of beach rock from a proposed hotel site on Seven Mile Beach. Dart real estate confirms it plans to go ahead with that EIA.
“The EIA procedure is invoked sparingly, and only when the NCC and DOE agree that there are such significant gaps, in either the technical information available for the assessment of potential impacts, or in the technical expertise available, that additional studies and assessment are required,” said the NCC in an open letter penned by NCC chair Christine Rose-Smyth.