Canada's Environment Minister Announces Decision on the Chemainus Well Water Supply Project



    OTTAWA, June 10 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's Environment Minister, Jim
Prentice, announced that the proposed Chemainus Well Water Supply Project in
Chemainus, British Columbia, is not likely to cause significant adverse
environmental effects. The Minister has determined that the project does not
require further assessment by a review panel and has referred the project back
to the responsible authority, Western Economic Diversification Canada, for
appropriate action.
    The Minister based his environmental assessment decision on the
comprehensive study report, including conclusions and recommendations
submitted by the responsible authority; results of the public comment periods
and the responsible authority's response to those comments; and the
implementation of mitigation measures and a follow-up program.
    The District of North Cowichan is proposing to construct a groundwater
supply system for the community of Chemainus to address seasonal turbidity
problems during the period from mid-October to mid-June in the Banon Creek
Reservoir that currently supplies drinking water to the community. The project
would require the construction of two production wells, a water main, a
concrete reservoir and associated ancillary facilities.
    More information on this project is available on the Canadian
Environmental Assessment Agency Website at www.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: Lucille Jamault, Senior Communications Advisor,
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, (613) 957-0434


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