Government of Canada announces interim license for new hydroelectric power station on Trent-Severn Waterway



    PETERBOROUGH, ON, March 20 /CNW Telbec/ - On behalf of Canada's
Environment Minister John Baird, Member of Parliament for Peterborough Dean
Del Mastro is pleased to announce that the Government will issue an interim
license to the Trent Rapids Power Corporation to begin construction of a new
eight-megawatt hydroelectric power generating station along the Trent-Severn
Waterway.
    "After significant consultation with our community, and residents all
along the Trent-Severn Waterway, I am pleased to announce this interim license
for the Trent Rapids Power Corporation," said Mr. Del Mastro. "This project
strikes the right balance between our economy and environment. It will
contribute to the generation of green energy while still keeping with the
historic uses of this important cultural corridor which has supported
hydropower for the past 99 years."
    The Trent Rapids Power Corporation will be developed between Locks 22 and
23 and will capitalize on waterpower potential while respecting operational,
cultural and environmental concerns. The development proposal has gone through
a rigorous environmental assessment process, as required by the Canadian
Environmental Assessment Act, and meets both the federal and provincial
government green energy policies.
    "Canadians can be confident that their environmental concerns are the
priority of this Government, and they are at the core of federal decisions
supporting sustainable development," added Mr. Del Mastro. "This hydroelectric
project will bring real reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by increasing
Ontario's supply of clean and renewable electricity."
    To maintain the ecological integrity of the shore along Trent-Severn
Waterway the Trent Rapids Power Corporation will plant two trees for every
tree removed by development. A 10-year monitoring plan will also be conducted
to ensure the replanting is successful. Trails with interpretive signage will
be constructed for public enjoyment.

    Constructed between 1833 and 1920, the Trent-Severn Waterway was declared
a national historic site in 1929. It commemorates Canada's history of canal
construction and the importance of the canal system throughout this country's
history and has included power generation since 1909. Today, this 386 km long
heritage corridor is enjoyed by more than 1.5 million land and water based
visitors every year.




For further information:

For further information: Peter Frood, Superintendent, Central Ontario
Field Unit, Parks Canada, (705) 750-4900; (Also available on the Internet at
www.pc.gc.ca under Media Room.)


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