Federal Funding Awarded to Take Part in the Federal Environmental Assessment of the Proposed Romaine Hydroelectric Complex Project

    OTTAWA, Oct. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Environmental Assessment
Agency (the Agency) has awarded $109, 066 to five applicants to support their
participation in the environmental assessment process of the Romaine
Hydroelectric Complex Project, north of the municipality of
Havre-Saint-Pierre, in Quebec.
    The funding recipients are: Nature Québec, the Mouvement Au Courant (Au
Courant Organization), the Conseil régional de l'environnement de la
Côte-Nord, the Association des Chasseurs et Pêcheurs Manic Outardes, Fondation
Rivières, Sierra Club of Canada and the Groupe de recherche appliquée en
macroécologie (GRAME).
    The funding will help successful applicants review the Environmental
Impact Statement (EIS) prepared by the proponent, Hydro-Québec, which will be
available shortly, or prepare for and participate in the public hearings that
will be announced at a later date.
    A participant funding review committee, independent of the joint review
panel, the proponent, and interested parties, has examined the applications
and provided recommendations on funding. The Committee's report along with
further information on the project, are available on the Agency's Web site at
www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca .
    The Agency has made available a total amount of $200 000 in participant
funding to support public participation in the Joint Review Panel process for
the proposed project. This second phase of funding allocation marks the close
of the Participant Funding Program for this project.

    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, nicholas.girard@ceaa-acee.gc.ca

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