Joint Review Panel for Site C Project Issues Report to Federal and Provincial Governments

OTTAWA, May 1, 2014 /CNW/ - The Joint Review Panel reviewing the proposed Site C Clean Energy Project in British Columbia today submitted its report to the federal Minister of the Environment and the Executive Director of the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) according to its mandated timelines and Terms of Reference.

The completion of the report follows the review of submissions by all participants and documents related to the Environmental Impact Statement, as well as 26 days of public hearing sessions held by the Panel in local and Aboriginal communities in the project area.  The Panel held General, Topic-Specific and Community hearing sessions that began December 9, 2013 and ended January 23, 2014.

The environmental review process provided the proponent, the public, Aboriginal groups, and governments, an opportunity to present their views to the Panel on the project and its potential environmental, economic, social, heritage and health effects. The report outlines the Panel's rationale, conclusions and recommendations.

As the Joint Review Panel Agreement states, the Agency and BC EAO will make public the Panel Report by posting it on the Agency's public registry and on the BC EAO website.

The proposed project consists of constructing and operating a dam and 1,100-megawatt hydroelectric generating station on the Peace River in north-eastern British Columbia.

To view the environmental assessment project page, consult the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca , reference #63919 or the Electronic Project Information Centre at www.eao.gov.bc.ca.  

SOURCE: Site C Joint Review Panel

For further information: Lucille Jamault, Joint Review Panel - Site C, Tel.: 613-957-0434, Lucille.Jamault@ceaa.gc.ca

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