Funding Awarded to Participate in the Environmental Assessment of the Ontario Power Generation's Deep Geologic Repository Project



    OTTAWA, Aug. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Environmental Assessment
Agency (the Agency) has awarded $50 000 to six applicants in support of their
participation in the environmental assessment process by a joint review panel
for the proposed construction and operation of a Deep Geologic Repository for
Low and Intermediate Level Radioactive Wastes by Ontario Power Generation
(OPG) in Tiverton, Ontario, east of Lake Huron.
    The funding recipients are: Northwatch Coalition for Environment
Protection, Citizens for Renewable Energy, Greenpeace Canada, Saugeen Ojibway
Nation, Citizens for Alternatives to Chemical Contamination and the Canadian
Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility.
    The funding is being made available to help successful applicants review
and comment on the draft guidelines for the Environmental Impact Statement
that will be produced by the project proponent, OPG, and/or to help applicants
participate in public information meetings. Information on these future
opportunities for public participation will be communicated at a later date.
    A participant funding review committee, independent of the joint review
panel, proponents, 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.
    Additional funds will be made available to help applicants review OPG's
Environmental Impact Statement and/or prepare for and participate in the
public hearings. The second phase of funding will be announced at a later
date.

    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: on the Participant Funding Program, contact:
Suzanne Osborne, Participant Funding Program, Canadian Environmental
Assessment Agency, (613) 957-0254 (collect calls are accepted), Fax: (613)
948-9172, suzanne.osborne@ceaa-acee.gc.ca; 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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