Public Hearing over Environmental Impact Assessment
Detailed description of the Good Practice
The theme of current administrative hearings that took place in 2005 was the Environmental Impact Assessment of Rolled Stock Vsevolochskey plant. The plant planned to start the melting of primary aluminum and in case of construction occurrences St. Petersburg and Leningrad regions could be in danger of contamination. An active position was taken by citizens (around 90% were against the construction) that allowed organizing administrative public hearings where independent experts estimated the project and consulted all stakeholders.
Environmental Impact Assessment
Objectives of the Good Practice
To make the possible environmental impacts of Vsevolochskey plant public.
Participants of the Good Practice
- Independent experts
- Active citizens
Target group of the Good Practice
More Details of the Good Practice
First time in Russia, the public hearings and its preparations fulfilled the world practice of quasi-judicial processes because:
1. The independent public organization was the initiator of public hearings.
2. Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) documents of Vsevolochskey plant were available for citizens.
3. The independent experts were involved in the process of public hearing for giving the objective view.
4. The procedure of hearings considered the dialog of independent experts with projectors with the participation of involved citizens.
The public hearings gave opportunity for public to review EIA documents and discuss the crucial issues.
As a result, the process showed that there were many gaps in EIA documents.