UPDATE – Canada issues EIS guide for 2,824-MW Lower Churchill

Canadian federal and provincial regulators issued final guidelines July 15 for preparation of an environmental impact statement for the 2,824-MW Lower Churchill hydroelectric project in Labrador.

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Environment and Conservation said their guidelines would provide direction to the project sponsor and would identify required information on the anticipated effects of the project on the environment.

The agencies are finalizing a joint review panel process for the project, which is to include the 2,000-MW Gull Island and 824-MW Muskrat Falls projects on the Churchill River.

The final guidelines and more information on the project are available on the Newfoundland department’s Internet site, www.ceaa.gc.ca/050/ear_panelhome_e.cfm?CEAR_ID=26178.

Earlier this month, CEAA said C$125,000 (US$122,400) is available to help groups and individuals wanting to participate in the environmental assessment of Lower Churchill. (HNN 7/8/08)

The 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 took 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.

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