Lower Churchill Hydroelectric Generation Project - Public Consultation on the Draft Guidelines for the Preparation of the Environmental Impact Statement Extended



    OTTAWA, Jan. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Environmental Assessment
Agency (the Agency) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of
Environment and Conservation (the Department) today announced that the comment
period on the draft guidelines for the preparation of the environmental impact
statement (EIS) has been extended to February 27, 2008.
    The draft guidelines identify the information that the proponent,
Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro, will be required to address in order to
prepare the EIS for the proposed Lower Churchill Hydroelectric Generation
Project.
    Written comments on the draft Guidelines received by February 27, 2008,
will be considered. Please forward your comments, in the official language of
your choice, by 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
    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 EIS Guidelines as well as information on the proposed project
are available on the Agency's website and the Department's website. Copies of
the draft EIS Guidelines can also be obtained by contacting the
above-mentioned individuals.
    The Agency and the Department are developing an agreement to guide a
joint environmental assessment of the proposed project which would include
procedures for appointing an independent review panel to conduct public
hearings on the EIS, the proposed terms of reference for the joint review
panel, and procedures for conducting the review process. The draft agreement
will be made available for public comment at a later date.
    The Agency awarded $50,000 in August 2007, under its Participant Funding
Program, to five recipients to take part in this phase of the environmental
assessment. More funds will be made available at a later date to participate
in the next steps of the environmental assessment.
    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 kilometres 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 kilometres downstream of
Gull Island.

    The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and 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: Elise Dhaussy, Manager, Communications
Operations, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, (613) 957-0406,
elise.dhaussy@ceaa-acee.gc.ca; Diane Hart, Director of Communications,
Department of Environment and Conservation, (709) 729-2575,
dianehart@gov.nl.ca


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