Belleoram Marine Terminal Project: Environment Minister announces decision

    OTTAWA, Nov. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable John Baird, Minister of the
Environment and Minister responsible for the Canadian Environmental Assessment
Agency, today announced that the proposed Belleoram Marine Terminal Project in
Newfoundland and Labrador is not likely to cause significant adverse
environmental effects. The Minister referred the project back to the
responsible authorities, Transport Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), for appropriate action.
    The Minister based his environmental assessment decision on the
conclusions and recommendations of the comprehensive study report submitted by
the responsible authorities; the results of a public comment period and the
responsible authorities' responses to those comments; and the implementation
of mitigation measures and a follow-up program.
    The Belleoram Marine Terminal Project, proposed by Continental Stone
Limited, includes the construction, operation, and eventual decommissioning,
and/or abandonment of a concrete marine terminal in Belle Bay, on the south
coast of the Island of Newfoundland. The terminal will be used by bulk
carriers for docking and loading crushed stone from the associated crushed
granite rock quarry development. The proposed marine terminal is expected to
ship two to six million tonnes of aggregate per year for approximately
50 years.
    A copy of the Minister's decision statement can be found on the Canadian
Environmental Assessment Registry at using reference number

    The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency administers the federal
environmental assessment processes, which identify the environmental effects
of proposed projects and measures to address those effects, in support of
sustainable development.

For further information:

For further information: Media may contact: Robert Deslauriers, Senior
Communications Advisor, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, (613)

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