Lower Churchill Hydroelectric Generation Project - Comments Invited on the Draft Joint Review Panel Agreement and Terms of Reference



    OTTAWA, June 6 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Environmental Assessment
Agency (the Agency) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of
Environment and Conservation (the Department) invite public comments on the
draft Agreement and terms of reference to establish a joint review panel for
the proposed Lower Churchill Hydroelectric Generation Project.
    The Agreement was developed in order to establish a joint environmental
assessment of the proposed project. The Agreement includes procedures for
appointing independent panel members to conduct public hearings, the proposed
terms of reference for the panel, and procedures for conducting the review
process.

    Written comments on the draft Agreement received by July 5, 2008, will be
considered. Forward your comments, in the official language of your choice, by
fax, mail or e-mail to:

    Maryse Pineau
    Panel Manager
    Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
    160 Elgin Street, 22nd Floor, Ottawa ON K1A 0H3
    Tel.: 613-948-1364 / Fax: 613-957-0941
    E-mail: maryse.pineau@ceaa-acee.gc.ca

    Paul Carter
    Chairperson, Environmental Assessment
    Division Department of Environment and Conservation
    4th Floor, West Block, Confederation Complex
    PO Box 8700, St. John's NL A1B 4J6
    Tel.: 709-729-0188 / Fax: 709-729-5518
    E-mail: pcarter@gov.nl.ca

    The draft Agreement as well as additional information on the project are
available on the Agency's Web site at www.ceaa.gc.ca and the Department's
website at www.gov.nl.ca/env . Copies of the draft Agreement can also be
obtained by contacting the above-mentioned persons.
    The proposal is for the development of two hydroelectric generating
stations on the Lower Churchill River. It 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.

    The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and the Environmental
Assessment Division of the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Environment
and Conservation, administer the federal and provincial environmental
assessment processes, which identify the environmental effects of proposed
projects and measures to respectively 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; Melony O'Neill,
Director of Communications, Department of Environment and Conservation, (709)
729-2575


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