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Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

Public Notice

Public comment invited on the Comprehensive Study Report for the proposed Waneta Hydroelectric Expansion Project

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) invites the public to comment on the conclusions, recommendations and any other aspect of the comprehensive study report (CSR) prepared for the proposed Waneta Hydroelectric Expansion Project located in the West Kootenay region of south-eastern BC.

Public comments received by January 25, 2008 will be considered. All documents received will be considered public and will become part of the public registry.

The CSR [PDF - 17,212 kb] along with more information on the project is available on the Agency's Web site. The CSR is also available for public viewing in the following centers:

Castlegar & District Public Library
1005 - 3rd St.
Castlegar, BC

Trail & District Public Library
1051 Victoria St.
Trail, BC

Rossland Public Library
2180 Columbia Ave.
Rossland, BC

Beaver Valley Public Library
1847 - 1st St.
Fruitvale, BC

Salmo Public Library
120 - 4th St.
Salmo, BC

Nelson Municipal Library
602 Stanley St.
Nelson, BC

Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
Pacific Regional Office
757 West Hastings Street, Suite 320
Vancouver, BC

Interested persons or groups are invited to send their comments in the official language of their choice to:

Linda Sullivan, Senior Program Officer
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
757 West Hastings Street, Suite 320
Vancouver, BC V6C 1A1
Tel.: 604-666-8784
Fax: 604-666-6990
linda.sullivan@ceaa-acee.gc.ca

Waneta Expansion Power Corporation, a joint venture between Columbia Power Corporation and the Columbia Basin Trust, is proposing the construction and operation of a new 435-megawatt hydroelectric power plant at the existing Waneta Dam on the Pend d’Oreille River, approximately 400 metres upstream of its confluence with the Columbia River. 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 proposed project was also reviewed by the province of British Columbia. The province and the federal government coordinated their respective environmental assessment processes and prepared a joint report.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Transport Canada, the responsible authorities for this project, have submitted the CSR to the federal Minister of the Environment and to the Agency.

After reviewing the CSR and any public comments received, the Minister of the Environment will determine whether to refer the project back to the responsible authority for appropriate action, or whether to refer it for further environmental assessment by a review panel or a mediator.