OPG Proposed Deep Geological Repository Referred to a Public Review Panel

    OTTAWA, June 29 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable John Baird, Minister of the
Environment, today announced that the proposed Deep Geologic Repository (DGR)
for Low and Intermediate Level Radioactive Wastes project in Tiverton,
Ontario, east of Lake Huron, has been referred for an environmental assessment
by a review panel.
    "I am confident that a review panel is the most appropriate type of
environmental assessment for this project," stated Minister Baird. "I believe
that this public process will help Canadians to understand the potential
impacts of this project."
    The Minister's decision is based on a track report and recommendation
made by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. Pursuant to the Canadian
Environmental Assessment Act, a decision based on these recommendations is
required to determine if the assessment should continue as a comprehensive
study or be referred to a review panel.
    The project is a proposal by Ontario Power Generation (OPG) to prepare,
construct and operate a deep geologic disposal facility on the Bruce Nuclear
Site within the municipality of Kincardine, Ontario. The DGR would be designed
to manage low and intermediate waste produced from the continued operation of
OPG-owned nuclear generations at Bruce, Pickering and Darlington, Ontario.
    Participant funding will be made available to the public to promote
active participation in the environmental assessment process. Funding
availability will be announced by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
at a later date.
    For more information on this project, consult the Canadian Environmental
Assessment Registry under reference number 06-05-17520 at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca.
    To obtain information on the panel review process, or to register as an
interested party and to be kept informed of the panel's activities, provide a
full mailing address, an e-mail address or a fax number to the following:

    Steve Chapman
    Panel Manager
    Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
    160 Elgin Street
    Ottawa ON K1A 0H3
    Tel.: 613-957-0294

    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, Fax: (613) 957-0946, Nicholas.girard@ceaa-acee.gc.ca

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