Central South Mine Project - Public Consultation Period and Federal Funding Available

OTTAWA, April 11 /CNW/ - The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) invites the public to comment on the environmental assessment of the proposed Central South Mine Project in British Columbia (B.C.).

The Agency is identifying potential environmental effects of the project to be examined during the technical stages of the environmental assessment, which will be conducted as a comprehensive study. It is seeking comments from the public on the project and its potential effects on the environment to ensure that these issues are identified for consideration in the assessment.

To assist the public in providing comments, a background document is available on the Agency's Web site at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca, in the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry, under reference number 11-03-61120. The document is also available in hard copy, by request.

The Agency is also making available $50,000 under its Participant Funding Program to assist groups and individuals to take part in upcoming steps in the federal environmental assessment of this project.

Public comments and funding applications received by May 11, 2011 will be considered.

This is the first of several public comment periods that will occur during the environmental assessment of the project. Future public participation opportunities will be announced at a later date.

First Coal Corporation is proposing to construct and operate the Central South Mine Project 50 kilometres southwest of the District of Chetwynd, B.C. The Central South Mine Project is expected to produce 1.5 million tonnes of metallurgical coal per year for export over a mine life of 12 to 13 years. Coal will be processed in a preparation plant on site and transported by rail to Ridley Terminals located in Prince Rupert, B.C.

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

For further information:

media may contact: 

Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
Maxine Leger-Haskell
Communications Advisor
Tel.: 613-957-0406


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