Public Comments Invited and Federal Funding Available
OTTAWA, Nov. 14, 2011 /CNW/ - The Canadian Environmental Assessment
Agency (the Agency) is starting a comprehensive study type of
environmental assessment for the proposed Donkin Export Coking Coal
Project located in Nova Scotia. The Agency invites the public to
comment on the project and the conduct of the comprehensive study.
The Agency has prepared the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
Guidelines that identify potential environmental effects to be
addressed and information that needs to be included in the proponent's
EIS. Public comments on the draft EIS Guidelines are invited and will
be reviewed and considered before the document is finalized and issued
to the proponent.
The draft EIS Guidelines and more information on this project are
available on the Agency's website at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca (registry reference number 11-03-63924). The document is available in
paper copy by request as well.
All comments received by December 29, 2011 will be considered.
The Agency is also making available $30,000 under its Participant
Funding Program to assist groups and individuals to participate in the
federal environmental assessment of this project. Funding applications
received by December 29, 2011 will be considered.
This is the first of several public comment periods that will occur
during the environmental assessment of the project.
The proposed project consists of the construction, operation and
decommissioning of an underground coal mine facility at the site of the
existing Donkin Mine located on the northeastern tip of Cape-Breton in
Nova Scotia. The mine would have a lifespan of 30 plus years and
extract approximately 3.6 million tonnes of coal per year. The project
also includes a coal handling and processing plant that would be
constructed to produce coal ready for transfer to a new barge loading
facility. The coal would be loaded onto a barge, moved by tug to a new
transshipment location, and loaded into ocean going vessels.
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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