Public Notice
Marine Terminal Project on the North Shore of the Saguenay — Public Comments Invited

June 11, 2015 — As part of the strengthened and modernized Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012) put in place to support the government's Responsible Resource Development Initiative, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) commenced a federal environmental assessment for the proposed Marine Terminal Project on the North Shore of the Saguenay, located in Quebec.

The Agency invites the public to comment on which aspects of the environment may be affected by this project and what should be examined during the environmental assessment, as detailed in the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Guidelines.

Written comments must be submitted by July 11, 2015 to:

Marine Terminal Project on the North Shore of the Saguenay
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
901-1550 D'Estimauville Avenue
Québec QC  G1J 0C1
Telephone: 418-649-6444
Fax: 418-649-6443
ACEE.ProjetTerminalSaguenay-SaguenayTerminalProject.CEAA@ceaa-acee.gc.ca

Map depicting the location of the project, as described in the current document.

To view the draft EIS Guidelines or for more information, visit the Agency's website (Registry reference number 80103).

Copies of the draft EIS Guidelines are also available for viewing at the following locations:

Sainte-Rose-du-Nord Municipality
126 Descentes-des-Femmes
Sainte-Rose-du-Nord, Quebec

Essipit Innu First Nation Council
32 de la Réserve Street
Essipit, Quebec

Council of the Innu of Pessamit Policy Office
4 Metsheteu
Pessamit, Quebec

Saint-Fulgence Municipality
253 Saguenay Street
Saint-Fulgence, Quebec

Mashteuiatsh Public Library
525 Uapileu Street
Mashteuiatsh, Quebec

Consistent with the transparency and public engagement elements of CEAA 2012, this is the second of four opportunities for the public to comment on this project. All comments received will be considered public.

Following this comment period, the Agency will finalize and issue the EIS Guidelines to the proponent. An application period for participant funding and a future public comment period on the proponent's EIS will be announced at later dates.

Projects subject to CEAA 2012 are assessed using a science-based approach. If the project is permitted to proceed to the next phase, it will continue to be subject to Canada's strong environmental laws, rigorous enforcement and follow-up, and fines for non-compliance.

The Proposed Project

The Saguenay Port Authority is proposing the construction and operation of a new multi-user marine terminal to service the north shore of the Saguenay River at the municipality of Sainte-Rose-du-Nord, located approximately 45 kilometres from the city of Saguenay. The plan involves building a wharf, a ship loader, silos, concentrate handling facilities and related buildings. An access road to the wharf 1 to 1.5 kilometre in length will have to be built. The berthing capacity of the wharf would be designed to accommodate bulk cargo vessels with a minimum of 50,000 deadweight tonnage.

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