Federal Funding Awarded to Participate in the Environmental -Assessment of the Lower Churchill Hydroelectric Generation Project

    OTTAWA, Sept. 4 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Environmental Assessment
Agency (the Agency) has awarded a total of $125,000 to three applicants in
support of their participation in the environmental assessment process of the
proposed Lower Churchill project, near Happy Valley-Goose Bay in Newfoundland
and Labrador.
    The funding recipients are Sierra Club of Canada - Atlantic Canada
Chapter, Natural History Society of Newfoundland and Labrador and Grand
Riverkeeper Labrador Inc.
    This phase II funding is being made available to help successful
applicants review the proponent's Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and/or
prepare for and participate in the public hearings that will be announced at a
later date. Phase I funding of $50 000 was allocated in August 2007 to assist
recipients in reviewing the draft Guidelines for the EIS.
    A Funding Review Committee, independent of the review panel, reviewed the
requests and provided recommendations on available funding. The Committee's
report, as well as further information on the project, is available on the
Agency's Web site, under registry number 07-05-26178.
    Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro proposes the development of two
hydroelectric generating stations on the Lower Churchill River. The proposal
includes two potential sites. One is a 2,000 megawatt project at Gull Island,
which is 225 km downstream from the existing 5,428 megawatt facility at
Churchill Falls, and the other is an 800 megawatt project at Muskrat Falls,
which is 60 km downstream of Gull Island.

    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: Lucille Jamault, Senior Communications Advisor,
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, (613) 957-0434

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