OTTAWA, April 11 /CNW/ - The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
(the Agency) invites the public to comment on the environmental
assessment of the proposed Central South Mine Project in British
The Agency is identifying potential environmental effects of the project
to be examined during the technical stages of the environmental
assessment, which will be conducted as a comprehensive study. It is
seeking comments from the public on the project and its potential
effects on the environment to ensure that these issues are identified
for consideration in the assessment.
To assist the public in providing comments, a background document is
available on the Agency's Web site at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca, in the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry, under reference
number 11-03-61120. The document is also available in hard copy, by
The Agency is also making available $50,000 under its Participant
Funding Program to assist groups and individuals to take part in
upcoming steps in the federal environmental assessment of this project.
Public comments and funding applications received by May 11, 2011 will
This is the first of several public comment periods that will occur
during the environmental assessment of the project. Future public
participation opportunities will be announced at a later date.
First Coal Corporation is proposing to construct and operate the Central
South Mine Project 50 kilometres southwest of the District of Chetwynd,
B.C. The Central South Mine Project is expected to produce 1.5 million
tonnes of metallurgical coal per year for export over a mine life of 12
to 13 years. Coal will be processed in a preparation plant on site and
transported by rail to Ridley Terminals located in Prince Rupert, B.C.
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.
SOURCE Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
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