Sukunka Coal Project - Public Comments Invited

OTTAWA, Jan. 21, 2013 /CNW/ - As part of the strengthened and modernized Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012) put in place to support the government's Responsible Resource Development Initiative, The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency must decide whether a federal environmental assessment is required for the proposed Sukunka Coal Project in British Columbia (B.C.). To assist it in making its decision, the Agency is seeking comments from the public on the project and its potential effects on the environment.

Xstrata Coal Canada is proposing the construction, operation, and decommissioning of an open pit and underground coal mine located approximately 55 kilometres south of Chetwynd and 40 kilometres west of Tumbler Ridge, in British Columbia. The proposed project would eventually produce 6 million tonnes of washed coal per year over a mine life of over 20 years. The coal would be transported by rail to a port in Prince Rupert, British Columbia for shipment to overseas markets.

Written comments must be submitted by February 11, 2013 to:

Sukunka Coal Project
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
410 - 701 West Georgia Street
Vancouver  BC  V7Y 1C6
Telephone: 604-666-2431
Fax: 604-666-6990
Sukunka@ceaa-acee.gc.ca

To view a summary of the project description or for more information on the project and on the environmental assessment process, visit the Agency's website at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca registry reference number 80013). All comments received will be considered public.

The Agency will post a decision stating whether a federal environmental assessment is required on its website.

If it is determined that a federal environmental assessment is required, the public will have three more opportunities to comment on this project, consistent with the transparency and public engagement elements of CEAA 2012.

Projects subject to CEAA 2012 are assessed using a science-based approach. If the project is permitted to proceed to the next phase, it will continue to be subject to Canada's strong environmental laws, rigorous enforcement and follow-up, and increased fines.

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency administers the federal environmental assessment process, which identifies the environmental effects of proposed projects and measures to address those effects, in support of sustainable development.


SOURCE: Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

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Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
Céline Legault
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