Canada finances public’s review of 2,824-MW Lower Churchill

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency says C$125,000 (US$122,400) is available to help groups and individuals wanting to participate in the environmental assessment of the proposed 2,824-MW Lower Churchill hydroelectric project in Labrador.

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency announced July 7 that it will consider applications for funding received by Aug. 6. Participants can use the funds to review Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro’s environmental impact statement for the two-powerhouse project and prepare for, and participate in, public hearings.

CEAA and Newfoundland and Labrador’s Department of Environment and Conservation are preparing for a review of the project. The agencies called for public comment by July 5 on a draft agreement and terms of reference to create a joint review panel for the project. (HNN 6/23/08)

A committee independent of the review panel will consider applications by groups and individuals for funds and make a recommendation on how they should be allocated. Eligibility criteria are set out in a participant funding program guide, which can be obtained from CEAA’s Internet site, www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca. Information on the project is available on the same website, under registry number 07-05-26178.

The contact for applications is Suzanne Osborne, CEAA, 160 Elgin St., 22nd Floor, Ottawa, ON K1A 0H3; (1) 613-957-0254; Fax: (1) 613-948-9172; E-mail: suzanne.osborne@ceaa-acee.gc.ca.

It is the second phase for such funding for the project, which would feature 2,000-MW Gull Island and 824-MW Muskrat Falls on the Churchill River. In 2007, CEAA allocated C$50,000 (US$49,000) to help recipients review of draft guidelines for the EIS.

CEAA and Newfoundland and Labrador’s Environment and Conservation administer the federal and province’s environmental assessment processes, which identify effects of proposed projects and measures to address those effects.

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