Romaine River Hydroelectric Project - Availability of $170,879 in Participant Funding

    OTTAWA, Sept. 6 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Environmental Assessment
Agency (the Agency) is making available $170,879 in participant funding to
assist groups and/or individuals to take part in the environmental assessment
of the Romaine River Hydroelectric Project, north of the municipality of
Havre-Saint-Pierre, in Quebec.
    Funding has been made available to help successful applicants review the
Environmental Impact Statement prepared by the proponent, Hydro-Québec, and/or
prepare for and participate in the public hearings that will be announced at a
later date.
    A Participant Funding Review Committee, independent of the Joint Review
Panel, the proponent, and interested parties, will consider all applications
and recommend allocation of funds to applicants according to the eligibility
criteria set out in the Participant Funding Program Guide. Applications
received by the Agency no later than October 8, 2007 will be considered.
    The Participant Funding Program Guide and the application form are
available on the Agency's Web site at . Information on the
proposed project is also available on the Canadian Environmental Assessment
Registry on the Agency's Web site, under reference number 04-05-2613.
    An initial advance payment of $29,121 was provided to four Recipients in
April 2005 to support their participation in the review of the draft EIS
Guidelines, which Hydro-Québec used for the preparation of the Environmental
Impact Statement.
    Hydro-Quebec is proposing to construct a 1,500-megawatt hydroelectric
complex on the Romaine River. The complex will be composed of four generating
stations and will involve flooding about 275 km2 of land to build the
reservoirs. The project will also include building approximately 160 km access
road to link route 138 to the complex.

    For additional information on the funding program, contact:

    Suzanne Osborne
    Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
    Place Bell Canada, 160 Elgin Street, 22nd Floor
    Ottawa, ON K1A 0H3
    Tel.: 613-957-0254 (collect calls accepted)
    Fax: 613-948-9172

For further information:

For further information: Media may contact: Nicholas Girard, Senior
Communications Advisor, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, (613)
957-0958,; 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.

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