The purpose of public participation in the EIA decision step is to
stakeholders of the government’s decision and to provide a mechanism for appeal if warranted. Once a decision is made on the EIA Report, the decision must be publicly released along with the reasoning as soon as is practicable. The public and project proponent should both have access to an appeals process. If an EIA is not approved, the project proponent may have the opportunity to appeal the decision and/or to revise and resubmit the EIA Report. In this case, it is important that the general public continues to have access to updated information on the state of the EIA and an opportunity to be engaged on subsequent steps. If an EIA is approved, the PAP and other stakeholders may have the opportunity to appeal the decision and/or any conditions that may have been attached to the approval.