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Waneta Hydroelectric Expansion Project

British Columbia

Description: The Waneta Hydroelectric Expansion Project, proposed by Columbia Power Corporation and the Columbia Basin Trust, comprises a new hydroelectric generating facility on the west bank of the Pend d'Oreille River, adjacent to the existing Waneta Dam, south of Trail, British Columbia. The new facility would use water flows from the Pend d'Oreille River, currently spilled by the existing Waneta Generating Station, to generate approximately 435 megawatts of electricity. The new facility would be interconnected with the BC Hydro transmission grid at the Selkirk Substation by a new 10 kilometre, 230 kilovolt transmission line. The project consists of the construction and operation of a power plant and transmission line as well as temporary facilities for construction.

This project is being assessed cooperatively with theBC Environmental Assessment Office. Additional information about the project can be obtained by visiting their website at http://a100.gov.bc.ca/appsdata/epic/html/deploy/epic_project_home_220.html.

Decision of the Minister of the Environment: On May 1, 2008, the Minister of the Environment announced that the project is unlikely to cause significant adverse environmental effects and referred the project back to the responsible authorities for appropriate next steps.

News Release

Federal Responsible Authority(ies): Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Transport Canada

Start Date: October 24, 2003

Responsible Authority(ies) Decision Date: June 1, 2008

Consultation Documents