Genesee Generating Station Expansion Project - Public Comments Invited

OTTAWA, Dec. 2, 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 Genesee Generating Station Expansion Project, located in Alberta. To assist in making its decision, the Agency is seeking comments from the public on the project and its potential effects on the environment.

Capital Power Generation Service Inc. is proposing to expand its existing Genesee Generating Station by constructing and operating two natural gas-fired power plants located approximately 17 kilometres north of Warburg in Leduc County, Alberta. The power plants, expected to operate for about 35 years, would have a combined generating capacity of up to 1,050 megawatts.

Written comments must be submitted by December 23, 2013 to:

Genesee Generating Station Expansion Project
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
425-10115 100A Street
Edmonton, AB T5J 2W2
Telephone: 780-495-2037
Fax: 780-495-2876
Email: Genesee@ceaa-acee.gc.ca

To view a summary of the project description or for more information on the project and the environmental assessment process, visit the Agency's website at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca (Registry reference number 80059). All comments received will be considered public.

The Agency will post a decision on its website 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:

media may contact: 

Karen Fish
Communications Advisor
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
Telephone: 613-957-0278
Karen.Fish@ceaa-acee.gc.ca


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