Lower Churchill Hydroelectric Generation Project - Availability of $50,000 in Participant Funding



    OTTAWA, June 18 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Environmental Assessment
Agency today announced the availability of $50,000 in participant funding to
assist groups and/or individuals to take part in the environmental assessment
of the proposed Lower Churchill Hydroelectric Generation Project. The total
funding amount will be made available in two separate phases.
    Phase I: Up to $50,000 is being made available immediately to help
successful applicants review and comment on the draft guidelines for the
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that will be produced by the project
proponent, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro, and/or to help applicants
participate in public meetings. Information on those meetings will be
communicated at a later date.
    Phase II: Additional funds will be made available to help applicants
review Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro's EIS and/or prepare for and
participate in the public hearings. Phase II will be announced at a later
date.
    A funding review committee, independent of the review panel, will
consider all applications and recommend allocation of funds to applicants
according to the eligibility criteria set out in the Participant Funding
Program Guide. Applications received by the Agency at the address indicated
below no later than July 17, 2007 will be considered.
    The Participant Funding Program Guide and the application form are
available on the Agency's Web site at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca . Information on the
proposed project is also available on the Web site, under registry number
07-03-26178.
    Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro proposes to construct and operate two
hydroelectric power generating facilities on the lower section of the
Churchill River in Labrador. The project consists of hydroelectric generating
facilities at Gull Island and Muskrat Falls, and interconnecting transmission
lines to the existing Labrador grid. Gull Island is located approximately
100 km and Muskrat Falls 30 km to the southwest of the Town of Happy
Valley-Goose Bay, respectively. The two facilities will have a combined power
generation capacity of approximately 2,800 megawatts (MW). The Gull Island
facility will have a capacity of 2,000 MW, including a dam 99 m high by
1,315 m long with a reservoir 225 km long flooding an additional 85 km2 area.
The Muskrat Falls facility will have a capacity of 800 MW, including a dam at
the north section 32 m high by 180 m long, and the south section 29 m high by
370 m long with a reservoir 60 km long, flooding an additional 36 km2 area.
    For additional information on the funding program, contact:

    Suzanne Osborne
    Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
    Place Bell Canada, 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 more information on this project and others in your area, please
consult the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry on the Agency's Web
site.




For further information:

For further information: Media may contact: Nicholas Girard, Senior
Communications Advisor, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, (613)
957-0958, nicholas.girard@ceaa-acee.gc.ca


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