Bruce Power New Build Project Referred to a Public Review Panel

    OTTAWA, June 26 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable John Baird, Minister of the
Environment and Minister responsible for the Canadian Environmental Assessment
Agency (the Agency), today announced the referral of the Bruce Power New Build
project for an environmental assessment by a review panel.
    "I am confident that an independent review panel to be established for
this project will conduct a thorough environmental assessment," stated
Minister Baird. "This will be the best means of addressing public concerns
pertaining to this major nuclear project."
    The Minister's decision is based on a recommendation made by the Canadian
Nuclear Safety Commission.
    The project is a proposal by Bruce Power for the site preparation and the
construction and operation of up to four new nuclear reactors at the Bruce
Power Nuclear site, located on the eastern shore of Lake Huron, north of
Kincardine, Ontario. The project is expected to generate approximately
4,000 additional megawatts (MW) of electrical power at the Bruce site.
    Participant funding will be made available to the public to promote
active participation in the environmental assessment process. Funding
availability will be announced by the Agency at a later date.
    For more information on this project, consult the Canadian Environmental
Assessment Registry under reference number 07-05-25738.
    To obtain information on the panel review process, or to register as an
interested party and to be kept informed of the panel's activities, provide a
full mailing address, an e-mail address or a fax number to the following:

    Steve Chapman
    Panel Manager
    Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
    160 Elgin Street
    Ottawa ON  K1A 0H3
    Tel.: 613-957-0294

    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.

For further information:

For further information: Media may contact: Nicholas Girard, Senior
Communications Advisor, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, (613)
957-0958, Fax: (613) 957-0946

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