Governments of Canada and Nova Scotia Release Findings of the Joint Review Panel for the Whites Point Quarry and Marine Terminal Project

    OTTAWA and HALIFAX, Oct. 23 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable John Baird,
Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for the Canadian
Environmental Assessment Agency and the Honourable Mark Parent, Nova Scotia
Minister of Environment and Labour, today released the findings of the Joint
Review Panel's report on the Whites Point Quarry and Marine Terminal Project
in Digby County.
    The ministers thank the Joint Review Panel and congratulate the chair and
members for conducting a thorough, open and transparent review of the project.
The Joint Review Panel was mandated by the federal and provincial ministers to
assess the environmental effects of the proposed project.
    Both governments will now take the time required to carefully review the
Joint Review Panel's findings. The Government of Canada, under the lead of
Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Transport Canada, will prepare a response to
the report and submit it to the Governor in Council for approval. The response
will then be made public.
    Minister Parent will consider the panel's conclusion and recommendations
and will make public his decision on the project pursuant to the Nova Scotia
Environment Act.

    An executive summary of the report can be found in both official
languages on the Web site of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency at . The joint panel report is available on the Nova Scotia
Environment and Labour Web site at .

For further information:

For further information: Media: Lucille Jamault, Senior Communications
Advisor, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, (613) 957-0434; Bruce Nunn,
Communications Advisor, Nova Scotia Environment and Labour, (902) 424-6427

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