Public Notice
Keeyask Generation Project – Notice of Environment Act Proposal, Public Comment Period and Federal Funding Available

The Keeyask Hydropower Limited Partnership proposes the construction, operation and decommissioning of the Keeyask Generation Project (the Project), a 695-megawatt hydroelectric generating station located on the lower Nelson River, approximately 180 kilometres northeast of Thompson. The Project includes a powerhouse complex, spillway, dams, dykes, reservoir, and supporting infrastructure.

The Project is subject to an environmental assessment under the Manitoba Environment Act and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. A cooperative environmental assessment process will be undertaken by Canada and Manitoba for this project.

Federal Comment Period

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) invites the public to comment on the Project and the conduct of the comprehensive study, as described in a background document prepared by the Agency. The background document is available on the Agency's website at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca (registry reference number 11-03-64144).To obtain a paper copy of the document, contact the project manager listed in this notice.

Written comments in either official language must be sent by January 31, 2012 to:

Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
Jim Morrell, Project Manager
167 Lombard Avenue, Suite 101
Winnipeg MB R3B 0T6
Tel.: 204-983-7997
Fax: 204-983-7174
KeeyaskGeneration@ceaa-acee.gc.ca

All comments received will be considered public and will become part of the project file.

$35,000 Available for Public Participation

The Agency is making available $35,000 under its participant funding program to support participation in activities related to future public consultations during the environmental assessment of this project.

Applications received by January 31, 2012 will be considered. Information is available on the Agency's website. To submit an application or to obtain additional information, contact:

Participant Funding Program
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
160 Elgin Street, 22nd floor
Ottawa ON K1A 0H3
Tel.: 1-866-582-1884
Fax: 613-948-9172
PFP.PAFP@ceaa-acee.gc.ca

Provincial Comment Period

Manitoba Conservation has received an Environment Act proposal for the Keeyask Generation Project. Submitted with the proposal includes a document called "Scoping Document for the Environmental Assessment of the Keeyask Generation Project" (the Scoping Document).

Public comment is invited on the Environment Act proposal and the Scoping Document until January 31, 2012. All comments received will be considered public and will become part of the project file. The Scoping Document will be used to form joint provincial/federal guidelines for the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). A separate notice will be published following receipt of the EIS for the project. The EIS will also be made available for public review and comment.

Anyone likely to be affected by the above operation and who wishes to make a representation related to the proposal should, by January 31, 2012 contact:

Manitoba Conservation
Darrell Ouimet, Environmental Officer
123 Main Street, Suite 160
Winnipeg MB R3C 1A5
Tel.: 1-800-282-8069 ext. 7067 or 204-945-7067
darrell.ouimet@gov.mb.ca

Further information is available from the Public Registries located at:

  • Winnipeg:
    • 123 Main St. (Union Station) Main Floor;
    • Millennium Public Library, 4th Floor, 251 Donald St.;
    • Manitoba Eco-Network, 3rd Floor, 303 Portage Ave.
  • Thompson:
    • Thompson Public Library, 81 Thompson Dr. and
    • the Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak, 701 Thompson Dr.
  • Town Office of Gillam, 323 Railway Ave., Gillam
  • Tataskweyak Cree Nation Band Office
  • Or on the electronic registry at www.gov.mb.ca/conservation/eal/index.html

Information submitted in response to this proposal is considered public information and will be made available to the proponent and placed on the electronic registry.

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