Lower Churchill Hydroelectric Generation Project Final Guidelines Issued for the Environmental Impact Statement



    OTTAWA and ST. JOHN'S, July 15 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Environmental
Assessment Agency (the Agency) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of
Environment and Conservation (the Department) today issued the final
Guidelines for the preparation of the Environmental Impact Statement for the
proposed Lower Churchill Hydroelectric Generation Project in Labrador.
    The Guidelines will provide direction to the proponent, and will identify
the information that will be required in the statement of the anticipated
effects of the project on the environment. The Agency and the Department are
in the process of finalizing a joint review panel process for the proposed
project.
    The draft Guidelines were the subject of a public consultation from
December 2007 to February 2008. The final Guidelines, along with more
information on this project, are available on the Canadian Environmental
Assessment Registry at www.ceaa.gc.ca (registry number 07-05-26178) and on the
Department's Web site at www.gov.nl.ca/env .
    Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro proposes the development of two
hydroelectric generating stations on the Lower Churchill River. The proposal
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: Media: 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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