Minister of the Environment refers the Darlington New Nuclear Power Plant Project to a review panel



    OTTAWA, March 20 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable John Baird, Minister of
the Environment and Minister responsible for the Canadian Environmental
Assessment Agency, today announced the referral of the proposed Darlington New
Nuclear Power Plant project near Oshawa, Ontario to an environmental
assessment by a review panel.
    "I am confident that an independent review panel is the most appropriate
type of environmental assessment for this project," stated Minister Baird. "I
believe that this process will help Canadians to understand the potential
impacts of this project and will provide the best opportunities for public
involvement".
    The Minister's decision is based on a recommendation made by the Canadian
Nuclear Safety Commission.
    The project is a proposal by Ontario Power Generation (OPG) to construct
and operate up to four new reactors with a total capacity of 4800 MW on its
Darlington nuclear site located near Oshawa, Ontario along the north shore of
Lake Ontario. Several reactor technologies are being considered for the
purposes of the environmental assessment. Construction and operation of
appropriate waste management facilities are also being examined.
    Participant funding will be made available to the public to promote
active participation in the environmental assessment process. Funding
availability will be announced by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
at a later date.
    For more information on this project, consult the Canadian Environmental
Assessment Registry at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca under reference number 07-05-29525.
    To obtain information on the panel review process, or to register as an
interested party and be kept informed of the panel's activities, provide a
full mailing, an e-mail address or a fax number to the following:

    Proposed Darlington New Nuclear Power Plant Project
    Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
    160 Elgin Street, Ottawa ON K1A 0H3
    Tel.: 1-866-582-1884
    darlington.review@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 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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