Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project - New Member Appointed to Review Panel

OTTAWA, March 17, 2017 /CNW/ - The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, announced today the appointment of Dr. Douw Steyn as a new member of the Review Panel established to conduct the environment assessment of the proposed Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project in Delta, British Columbia.

Dr. Douw Steyn will join Panel Chair, Ms. Jocelyne Beaudet, and panel member, Dr. David Levy, who were appointed to the Review Panel by the Minister on May 31, 2016.

The Panel Terms of Reference, along with more information on the environmental assessment, are available on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry, reference number 80054.

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Appointment of New Panel Member — Biographical Note

Dr. Douw Steyn —Panel Member

Dr. Douw Steyn is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of British Columbia and longtime resident of Vancouver. His academic expertise is in boundary layer, mesoscale, and air pollution meteorology. Dr. Steyn has a PhD in Atmospheric Science from the University of British Columbia, and a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science from the University of Cape Town. Dr. Steyn has wide knowledge of ecosystem structure and function and specific knowledge of the Fraser River Estuary.

Dr. Steyn has been a faculty member at the University of British Columbia since 1982.

Dr. Steyn's responsibilities have included the Chair of Atmospheric Science, Director of Science One Program, Chair of Environmental Science Program, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Interim Principal in the College for Interdisciplinary Studies.

Dr. Steyn has worked actively in a number of public contexts to improve or to prevent further deterioration of regional air quality in the lower Fraser Valley. Of relevance, Dr. Steyn has worked on retainer with RWDI Consulting Engineers and Scientists since mid-2016. RWDI authored three reports that were submitted or referenced by the proponent in relation to the proposed Roberts Bank Terminal 2 project. Dr. Steyn has confirmed he was not directly involved in the preparation of these reports and did not have knowledge of their preparation. As an expert in his field, Dr. Steyn provided RWDI with advice relating to modelling strategy on the study "RWDI Air Inc. 2013. Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas Technical Report for the Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC Trans Mountain Expansion Project" that is referenced in Appendix 9.2A of the Environmental Impact Statement. Dr. Steyn also coauthored a scientific paper on an analytical method that is cited in Appendix 9.2A. Dr. Steyn will resign from his retainer with RWDI for the duration of the environmental assessment of the project.

Dr. Steyn has an extensive list of academic awards and distinctions, professional consultancies and activities, and publications. He has conducted research, analysis and reviews in relation to air quality and movement for a host of citizen and environmental organizations and for all levels of government, as well as project proponents. He has appeared as an expert witness in provincial and federal courts no less than 12 times.

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SOURCE Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

For further information: Caitlin Workman, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, 819-938-9436; Anita Szerze, Communications Advisor, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, 613-960-2464,;


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