Participate Constructively in Detailed Environmental Impact Assessments (DEIA)
Where to find DEIA information
The advertisement will have information on:
- The duration of the public review period.
- Venues that display the Terms of Reference (TOR) or DEIAs. Normally the venues include the DOE Headquarters in Putrajaya and all state DOEs, local councils or district offices.
- How and when to submit comments.
Reviewing and commenting on DEIAs
2) Check if there is a ‘Statement of Need’ for the proposed project. The Statement of Need will explain why the proposed project is necessary. The Statement of Need should be strong and justified by providing supporting statistics.
3) Check if the DEIAs provide project and site options. Alternative sites for the proposed project should be studied and justification should be provided on why the particular project site has been proposed as opposed to the alternative sites.
When deciding on the best project and site option, apart from economic factors, the DEIA should also have taken into account the project option with the least environmental impacts and the site option that is least vulnerable to impacts. If no site option or project option have been studied in the DEIA, you can make a comment on this and call for a site and project option study to be carried out.
4) Find out about the existing environment in the proposed area and its surroundings by reviewing the Existing Environment or Baseline Information chapters. Some questions to ask yourself when reviewing this section include:
- Is the baseline study information adequate?
- Is the baseline study in line with the Terms of Reference of the DEIA?
- Do you know more information regarding sensitive areas in the proposed area and its surroundings that is not mentioned in the DEIA? If you do, comment on this. For example, if the area is near an important fisheries area and this is not mentioned in the DEIA, please comment on this. Provide some information on the area if you can.
Some questions to ask yourself when reviewing this section:
a) Are all the likely impacts identified?
Can you think of other likely impacts from the proposed project that is not mentioned in the DEIA? If you can, please comment on this.
b) Are the identified mitigating measures adequate?
If you know of any mitigating measures that are not adequate and have not worked effectively before, please comment by citing examples that you know.
6) Check to see if the DEIA has proposed a monitoring programme at the pre-construction, construction and post-construction stages of the project. Is the monitoring programme adequate? If it isn’t, comment on that and you can also provide recommendations on how the monitoring programme can be improved.
7) Compile your comments and submit them to the DOE. Provide your personal particulars such as full name, contact address & number and email address.