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Climate Change Nova Scotia
We know we can't tackle climate change without serious action. That's why Nova Scotia developed a Climate Change Action Plan. Learn more.
Fur Industry regulationsResponsible Regulation of the Fur Industry
Government listened to the concerns raised by communities about mink farming and developed regulations under the Fur Industry Act to balance protection of the environment with support for growing this important industry for rural Nova Scotia. Learn more.
Guide to Surface Water Withdrawal ApprovalsGuide to Surface Water Withdrawal Approvals
Water withdrawals of more than 23,000 litres per day for a period of more than two weeks require an approval. We’ve updated the guide that explains the process. Learn more.
Inspection, Compliance and EnforcementInspection, Compliance and Enforcement
As of July 1, the inspection, compliance and enforcement functions from several provincial government departments came together under Nova Scotia Environment. Learn more.
Solid Waste RegulationsSolid Waste Regulations
Nova Scotia Environment conducted public consultations on proposed changes to the provincial solid waste regulations. Learn more about What We Heard.
NS EnvironmentWatercourse Alteration
New Watercourse Alteration requirements are effective October 1, 2014. Learn more.
NS Environment - Air QualityAir Quality
New Air Quality Requirements for Nova Scotia's Electricity Sector are effective January 1, 2015. Learn more.
Contaminated SitesContaminated Sites Regulations
Nova Scotia's new regulations around contaminated sites now in effect. Learn more
Our Parks and Protected AreasParks and Protected Areas Plan
Our Parks and Protected Areas: A Plan for Nova Scotia will ensure that important natural areas across the province continue to thrive. Learn More
Sustainable TransportationSustainable Transportation Strategy
The Province's Choose How You Move Sustainable Transportation Strategy is about providing all Nova Scotians with accessible, affordable, safe and convenient options. Learn more by visiting the Sustainable Transportation website.
Greenhouse Gas Emissions from the Electricity Sector
Canada and Nova Scotia have released a draft equivalency agreement for coal-fired electricity that will ensure the province’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) regulations apply in Nova Scotia instead of Canada’s new coal-fired electricity regulations. Learn More
Online PaymentsOnline Payments
Need to renew or apply for a licence/certification or make an Environmental Registry request? We can now accept credit card payments online. Visit licence/certification payments | Visit Environmental Registry online
Nova Scotia Environment Public ConsultationHydraulic Fracturing Review
In August 2013, the province commissioned an independent review of the effects of hydraulic fracturing. The review is being led by David Wheeler, President of Cape Breton University. The review's website is linked here.
News from Nova Scotia EnvironmentLatest News
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