OPG Proposed Deep Geological Repository - Availability of $50,000 in Participant Funding

    OTTAWA, July 3 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Environmental Assessment
Agency today announced the availability of up to $50,000 in participant
funding to assist groups and/or individuals to take part in the environmental
assessment of the proposed Ontario Power Generation's (OPG) Deep Geologic
Repository (DGR) for Low and Intermediate Level Radioactive Wastes project in
Tiverton, Ontario, east of Lake Huron. 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 that will be produced by the project proponent,
OPG, and/or to help applicants participate in public meetings. Information on
these future opportunities for public participation will be communicated at a
later date.
    Phase II: Additional funds will be made available to help applicants
review OPG's Environmental Impact Statement 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 no later than July 31, 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 Canadian Environmental Assessment
Registry on the Agency's Web site, under reference number 06-05-17520.
    The project is a proposal by OPG to prepare, construct and operate a DGR
facility on the Bruce Nuclear Site within the municipality of Kincardine,
Ontario. The DGR would be designed to manage low and intermediate waste
produced from the continued operation of OPG-owned nuclear generations at
Bruce, Pickering and Darlington, Ontario.

    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

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; 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.

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