News Release
Canada’s Environment Minister Announces Decision on the Environmental Assessment of the Canpotex Potash Terminal Project

OTTAWA – November 7, 2012 – Canada’s Environment Minister, the Honourable Peter Kent, announced today that the proposed Canpotex Potash Terminal Project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects with the implementation of the mitigation measures and follow-up program described in the Comprehensive Study Report.

The Minister has referred the project back to Environment Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and Transport Canada, for appropriate action.

In reaching his decision, the Minister considered the Comprehensive Study Report and the comments received from the public on that report.

A copy of the Minister’s environmental assessment decision statement is available in the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry, reference number 47632.

Canpotex Terminals Limited and the Prince Rupert Port Authority are proposing to develop and operate a potash export terminal and a rail, road and utilities corridor on Ridley Island in the Port of Prince Rupert, in British Columbia.

This project was assessed using a science-based approach. As for any project assessed under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, this project will continue to be subject to Canada’s strong environmental laws, rigorous enforcement and follow-up, and increased fines.

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency administers the federal environmental assessment process, which identifies the environmental effects of proposed projects and measures to address those effects, in support of sustainable development.


Media may contact:

Maxine Leger-Haskell
Communications Advisor
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
Tel.: 613-957-0406

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