Expansion of a Sterile Injectable Medication Manufacturing Plant Project - Public Comments Invited

OTTAWA, March 26, 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 Expansion of a Sterile Injectable Medication Manufacturing Plant Project located in Quebec. 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.

Sandoz Canada is proposing to expand its Boucherville sterile injectable medication manufacturing plant by adding a production unit with an area of about 6880 square metres southwest of the existing building. The Sandoz plant's production would gradually increase by 2022, from 370 to 700 metric tonnes, following the expansion project. The proposed project would also include the relocation of the access road and drainage ditches as well as the development of traffic and parking areas, sewer manholes and a culvert.

Written comments must be submitted by April 15, 2013 to:

Expansion of a Sterile Injectable Medication Manufacturing Plant Project
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
901-1550, D'Estimauville Avenue
Québec  QC  G1J 0C1
Telephone: 418-649-6444
Fax: 418-649-6443
UsineSandozPlant@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 80037). All comments received will be considered public.

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

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

For further information:

For more information, media may contact: 
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
Céline Legault
Communications Advisor
Tel.: 613-957-0278


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