Availability of $125,000 in Participant Funding Lower Churchill Hydroelectric Generation Project



    OTTAWA, July 7 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Environmental Assessment
Agency (the Agency) today announced the availability of $125,000 under its
Participant Funding Program to assist groups and individuals take part in the
environmental assessment of the proposed Lower Churchill Hydroelectric
Generation Project in Labrador.
    This phase II funding is being made available to help successful
applicants review the proponent's Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and/or
prepare for and participate in the public hearings that will be announced at a
later date. Phase I funding of $50 000 was allocated in August 2007 to assist
recipients in reviewing the draft Guidelines for the EIS.
    A funding review committee, independent of the review panel, will
consider all applications and make a recommendation on the allocation of funds
according to the eligibility criteria set out in the Participant Funding
Program Guide. Applications received by the Agency at the address indicated
below by August 6, 2008 will be considered.
    The Participant Funding Program Guide and the application form are
available on the Agency Web site at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca . Information on the
proposed project is also available on the Web site, under registry number
07-05-26178.
    Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro proposes the development of two
hydroelectric generating stations on the Lower Churchill River. The proposal
includes two potential sites. One is a 2,000 megawatt project at Gull Island,
which is 225 km downstream from the existing 5,428 megawatt facility at
Churchill Falls, and the other is an 800 megawatt project at Muskrat Falls,
which is 60 km downstream of Gull Island.

    To apply for funding or to obtain additional information on the funding
    program, contact:

    Suzanne Osborne
    Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
    160 Elgin Street, 22nd Floor, Ottawa, ON  K1A 0H3
    Tel.: 613-957-0254 (collect calls accepted) / Fax: 613-948-9172
    suzanne.osborne@ceaa-acee.gc.ca

    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.




For further information:

For further information: Media may contact: Lucille Jamault, Senior
Communications Advisor, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, (613)
957-0434


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