Lower Mattagami Hydroelectric Complex Redevelopment Environmental Assessment to Continue as a Comprehensive Study

    OTTAWA, Sept. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's Environment Minister, John Baird,
has determined that a comprehensive study is the most appropriate type of
environmental assessment for the proposed Lower Mattagami Hydroelectric
Complex Redevelopment project in Ontario.
    The Minister based his decision on the report and recommendation
submitted by the responsible authority, Fisheries and Oceans Canada. The
report contains information on the scope of the project, the factors to be
considered in the environmental assessment and the scope of those factors,
public comments in relation to the project, the potential of the project to
cause adverse environmental effects and the ability of the comprehensive study
to address issues relating to the project. A copy of the report can be
obtained by contacting:

    Rich Rudolph
    Senior Habitat
    Biologist Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    1500-11 Paris St., Sudbury, ON P3E 3B8
    Tel: 705-522-5907 / Fax: 705-522-6421

    Fisheries and Oceans Canada will now continue the comprehensive study and
submit a comprehensive study report to the Minister of the Environment. At
that time, the public will have an opportunity to comment on the findings and
recommendations of the report before the Minister renders his final decision.
    Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is proposing to redevelop the Lower
Mattagami Hydroelectric Complex, located approximately 70 km northeast of
Kapuskasing. The Little Long, Harmon and Kipling generating stations will be
expanded with the addition of a turbine/generator and the Smoky Falls site
will be redeveloped to accommodate a new generating station. With this
development proposal, OPG strives to provide increased overall generating
capacity as well as promote more efficient operation and use of water
throughout the complex.

    Further information on this project is available on the Canadian
Environmental Assessment Registry at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca , under registry
number 07-03-26302.

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

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