OTTAWA, June 5, 2013 /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 must decide whether a federal environmental assessment is
required for the proposed Methanex Medicine Hat Expansion 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.
Methanex Corporation proposes the expansion of its existing methanol
production facility in Medicine Hat, Alberta via construction of a new
methanol production unit at the existing location. The production
capacity at the existing facility is approximately 0.5 million tonnes
per year. The expansion project would result in a further 1 to 1.3
million tonnes per year of methanol production (an increase in methanol
production of over 200 percent).
Written comments must be submitted by June 25, 2013 to:
Methanex Medicine Hat Expansion Project Canadian Environmental
#425, 10115 - 100A Street
Edmonton, AB T5J 2W2
To view a summary of the project description or for more information on
the project and on the environmental assessment process, visit the
Agency's website at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca (registry reference number 80045). All comments received will be
The Agency will post on its website a decision stating whether a federal
environmental assessment is required.
If it is decided that a federal environmental assessment is required,
the public will have three more opportunities to comment on this
project, consistent with the transparency and public engagement
elements of CEAA 2012.
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 increased fines.
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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