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Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

News Release

Agency Invites Public Comment on Environmental Assessment of the Toulnustouc Hydroelectric Facility Project

Hull - October 4, 2001 - The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency invites the public to comment on the conclusions, recommendations and any other aspect of the environmental assessment for the Toulnustouc Hydroelectric Facility Project.

The Agency will accept written comments on the comprehensive study report, until end of business on November 4, 2001. Interested persons and groups are invited to submit their remarks, in the official language of their choice, to the Agency project manager. All documents received regarding this report are considered public.

The project is a proposal by Hydro-Quebec to build a $600 million 526-megawatt generating station on the Toulnustouc River between the Sainte Anne dam and the Manic 2 reservoir. The construction of this facility, part of the development of the potential of the Manicouagan and Toulnustouc river basins located on the northern shore of the St. Lawrence River, is expected to create about 1,000 jobs over the five years it would take to build it.

The comprehensive study report was prepared by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the federal responsible authority, in accordance with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. The report was submitted to the Minister of the Environment and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, which will now receive public comments.

Following the review of public comments received, the Minister of the Environment will determine if the project should be referred back to the responsible authority for appropriate action, or whether it requires further environmental assessment by a review panel or a mediator.

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The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is a federal agency reporting to the Minister of the Environment. Environmental assessment is a planning tool used to identify the possible adverse effects of development projects on the environment.

For more information:

Robert Deslauriers
Senior Communications Advisor
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
Tel: (819) 953-9407

The environmental assessment report is also available for viewing at:

  • Alice-Lane Municipal Library
    6 Radisson Avenue, Baie-Comeau, Quebec
    Tel: (418) 296-8304
  • Corporation de la protection de l'environnement
    546 DeQuen Street, Sept-Iles, Quebec
    Claudette Villeneuve, Tel: (418) 962-1316
  • Betsiamites Band Council
    4 Metsheteu Street, Betsiamites, Quebec
    Denise Fontaine, Tel: (418) 567-8488
  • Universite du Quebec, Montreal Campus
    Central library, Hubert-Aquin Pavilion
    Government Publications Section
    1255 Saint-Denis Street, Room-A 2100
    Montreal, Quebec Tel: (514) 987-4392
  • Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
    1141 route de l'Eglise, Room 105
    Quebec, Quebec
    Annie Déziel, Tel: (418) 649-6804

For copies of the report:

Maryse Lemire, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
850 route de la Mer, Mont-Joli, Quebec
Tel: (418) 775-0894
Fax: (418) 775-0658
E-mail: lemirem@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

To address comments:

Marie-France Therrien, Project Manager
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
200 Sacre-Coeur Blvd., Hull, Quebec, K1A 0H3
Tel: (819) 994-0364
Fax: (819) 997-4931
E-mail: marie-france.therrien@ceaa-acee.gc.ca