Darlington New Nuclear Power Plant Project - Comments Invited on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement Guidelines and the Joint Review Panel Agreement



    OTTAWA, Sept. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Environmental Assessment
Agency (the Agency) and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (the CNSC)
released today two documents for public comment - the draft Environmental
Impact Statement (EIS) Guidelines and the draft Joint Review Panel (JRP)
Agreement - related to the Ontario Power Generation's (OPG) proposed
Darlington New Nuclear Power Plant Project, located at the existing Darlington
Nuclear site near Oshawa, Ontario. The 75-day comment period ends on
November 19, 2008.
    The draft Guidelines identify the information needed for OPG to prepare
the EIS, a document which will provide a detailed analysis of the potential
environmental effects of the proposed project. The Guidelines also list the
requirements for a licence to prepare the site - the first in a series of
licences required for such projects under the Nuclear Safety and Control Act
and its associated regulations.
    The draft Agreement establishes how the panel will function, along with
its terms of reference for conducting the environmental assessment and for
considering the licence application to prepare a site.
    The draft Guidelines and the draft Agreement, along with more information
on the project, are available at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca , registry number
07-05-29525 and at www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca .
    Public comment on these draft documents will be considered, if received
before November 19, 2008. All comments received will be made public and posted
on the registry. Written comments can be submitted in the official language of
one's choice to:

    Darlington New Nuclear Power Plant Project
    Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
    160 Elgin Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0H3
    Tel.: 1-866-582-1884 / Fax: 613-957-0941
    E-mail: Darlington.Review@ceaa-acee.gc.ca

    To register as an interested party and be kept informed of activities
relating to the joint review panel process, please provide a full mailing
address, an e-mail address or a fax number, to the above contact information.
    The next steps will include a review of all the comments and the
finalization of the EIS Guidelines and JRP Agreement. Subsequently, OPG will
prepare the EIS, based on the final Guidelines, and a JRP will be established.

    About the Project:

    The project represents a proposal by OPG for the site preparation,
construction, operation, decommissioning and abandonment of up to four new
nuclear reactors at its Darlington nuclear site located near Oshawa, Ontario,
along the north shore of Lake Ontario, in the Municipality of Durham. The
project is expected to generate approximately 4,800 megawatts of electricity
to the Ontario grid.

    About the Agency:

    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.

    About the CNSC:

    The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission regulates the use of nuclear
energy and materials to protect the health, safety and security of Canadians
and the environment; and to respect Canada's international commitments on the
peaceful use of nuclear energy.

    For Broadcast Use:

    The Government of Canada today released two documents related to the
environmental assessment related to Ontario Power Generation's proposed
Darlington New Nuclear Power Plant Project, located at the existing Darlington
Nuclear site near Oshawa, Ontario. Comments on the documents must be received
prior to November 19, 2008. For more information, please visit www.ceaa.gc.ca.




For further information:

For further information: media may contact: Nicholas Girard, Senior
Communications Advisor, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, (613)
957-0958; Aurèle Gervais, Media and Community Relations, Canadian Nuclear
Safety Commission, (613) 996-6860


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