Upgrading to standard the drinking water facilities in the municipality of Rimouski - Environmental Assessment to Continue as a Comprehensive Study

    OTTAWA, April 26 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable John Baird, Minister of
the Environment and Minister responsible for the Canadian Environmental
Assessment Agency, has determined that a comprehensive study is the most
appropriate type of environmental assessment for the municipality of
Rimouski's proposed project to upgrade and bring to standard its drinking
water supply facilities.
    The Minister based his decision on the report and recommendations
submitted by the responsible authority, the Economic Development Agency of
Canada for the Regions of Québec (CED). The report contains information on the
scope of the project, the factors to be considered in the environmental
assessment, public comments submitted to CED, the potential of the project to
cause adverse environmental effects and the ability of the comprehensive study
to address issues relating to the project.

    To obtain information on the report, please contact:

    Jean-Guy Cabot
    Environmental Advisor
    Quality Operational Coherence Directorate
    Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Québec
    Tel.: 514-496-0946
    Fax.: 514-283-7491
    Email: Jean-Guy.cabot@dec-ced.gc.ca

    CED will now continue the comprehensive study and submit its report to
the Minister of the Environment. The public will have an opportunity to
comment on the findings and recommendations of the report before the Minister
renders his final decision.
    This project involves the construction of three new wells capable of
supplying some seven million cubic metres of water per year from underground
water sources.
    The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency will act as the Federal
Environmental Assessment Coordinator for this environmental assessment in
order to coordinate the participation of federal departments.
    For more information on this project, please visit the Internet site of
the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca ,
reference number 06-03-22292.

    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: Nicholas Girard, Senior Communications Advisor,
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, (613) 957-0958

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