The provincial government is getting closer to implementing its new environmental code.

Yesterday the government posted public responses it got regarding the idea.

Beginning in the spring the government is moving towards, what it terms, a results or outcome-based model for environmental regulations.

The plan has come under fire by some parties like the FSIN who worry the new regulations will allow companies to move ahead on projects without meaningful consultation and without on-the-ground scrutiny.

The government denies this saying proper protocols will be followed and environmental protection will be maintained.

The Ministry’s Thon Phommavong says the feedback has largely been positive:

“Well the overall comments, if I had to characterize it — it’s that support for environmental code remains very strong and in general the stakeholders are looking forward to the implementation of the code.”

He adds the changes will fit nicely into existing regulations.