Types of projects that need an EIA
The 2017 regulations divide projects into 2 different types: Schedule I projects and Schedule II projects.
Schedule I projects
Schedule I projects always require an EIA. These include large scale projects with obvious environmental effects, such as:
- crude oil refineries
- nuclear generating stations and other nuclear reactors
- larger scale quarries and open-cast mines
Schedule II projects
Schedule II projects will only require EIA if it's decided that the project is likely to have 'significant' environmental effects. There will usually be a threshold to determine if a case by case screening decision is required.
Examples of Schedule II projects include:
- industrial estate development projects (threshold - the area of the development exceeds 0.5 hectare)
- an electric line installed above ground (threshold - with a voltage of 132 kilovolts or more)
You can find more information on EIA regulations on gov.scot.
You can also find more information on other EIA regimes by viewing an EIA.
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