OTTAWA, Jan. 24, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) has awarded a total of $141,615 to eight successful applicants to support their participation in the environmental review of the proposed Site C Clean Energy Project in British Columbia.
The funding recipients are the North Peace Rod and Gun Club, Peace Valley Environmental Association, British Columbia Women's Institute, Pembina Institute for Appropriate Development, Peace River Environmental Society, Gwen Johansson, Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, and Kelly Lake Cree Nation.
The funding is provided to help recipients prepare for and participate in the upcoming steps of the review process, including reviewing and commenting on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Guidelines and the EIS and participating in public hearings.
A committee independent of the review process assessed the applications and made recommendations on funding awards. The committee's report, along with further information on the project, is available on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry, at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca, reference # 11-05-63919.
The BC Hydro and Power Authority proposes to construct and operate a dam and 1,100-megawatt hydroelectric generating station on the Peace River in northeastern British Columbia. The proposed project would be the third in a series of dams on the Peace River. The project components are an earthfill dam 1,050 metres long and 60 metres high, an 1,100-megawatt generating station and associated structures, an 83-kilometre long reservoir, realignment of four sections of Highway 29 and two 77-kilometre transmission lines along an existing transmission line right-of-way connecting Site C to Peace Canyon.
The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency administers the federal environmental assessment process, which identifies the potential environmental effects of proposed projects and measures to avoid or mitigate those effects, in support of sustainable development.
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