OTTAWA, March 30, 2015 /CNW/ - As part of the strengthened and modernized Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012) put in place to support the government's Responsible Resource Development Initiative, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) must decide whether a federal environmental assessment is required for the proposed Grassy Mountain Coal Project, located in Alberta.
To assist it in making its decision, the Agency is seeking comments from the public on the project and its potential effects on the environment. All comments received will be considered public. Written comments must be submitted by April 20, 2015 to:
Grassy Mountain Coal Project
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
9700 Jasper Avenue, Suite 1145
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 4C3
Projects subject to CEAA 2012 are assessed using a science-based approach. If the project is permitted to proceed to the next phase, it will continue to be subject to Canada's strong environmental laws, rigorous enforcement and follow-up, and fines for non-compliance.
- The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is seeking public comments on the summary of the project description for the proposed Grassy Mountain Coal Project, located approximately seven kilometres north of the community of Blairmore, in south-west Alberta. The summary of the project description and more information on this project are available on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry website, reference number 80101.
- The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency will post a decision on its website stating whether an environmental assessment is required. If it is determined that an environmental assessment is required, members of the public will have three more opportunities to comment on this project, consistent with the transparency and public engagement elements of CEAA 2012.
- 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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SOURCE Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
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