OTTAWA, April 13, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) and the Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) Department of Environment and Conservation are conducting a cooperative environmental assessment of the Labrador-Island Transmission Link Project in NL.
The NL Department of Environment and Conservation and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) invite the public to participate in the environmental assessment process. The NL Department of Environment and Conservation is seeking public comments on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), a document that describes the project and provides an overview of the potential environmental effects of all phases of the project. To facilitate public participation, a summary of the EIS (in both official languages) is available on the Agency's website at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca (registry reference number 10-03-51746). The complete EIS is available (in the language in which it was produced) on the NL Department of Environment and Conservation website at www.env.gov.nl.ca (Registration 1407) and on the Agency's website.
Public comments received by June 12, 2012 will be considered. All comments received will be considered public and will become part of the project file.
Nalcor Energy (the Proponent) is proposing the construction and operation of an approximately 1,100 km long transmission line and associated infrastructure within and between Labrador and the Island of Newfoundland. The project includes a High Voltage Direct Current overhead transmission line commencing at a converter station at Muskrat Falls in central Labrador, proceeding southeast across Labrador, crossing the Strait of Belle Isle via submarine cables, and proceeding across Newfoundland to end at a converter station at Soldiers Pond on the Island's Avalon Peninsula. Electrodes (with associated transmission lines) will be installed at or near the ocean at two locations, Strait of Belle Isle (L'Anse au Diable) and Conception Bay South (Dowden's Point).
The proposed Project is subject to both the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and the Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Protection Act.
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