Bruce Power New Nuclear Power Plant Project
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 22, 2008
Final Environmental Impact Statement Guidelines and Joint Review Panel Agreement Issued
OTTAWA, August 22, 2008 - The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (the CNSC) issued two documents today – the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Guidelines and the Joint Review Panel (JRP) Agreement– related to the proposed Bruce Power New Nuclear Power Plant Project, located in the Municipality of Kincardine, Ontario.
The EIS Guidelines identify the information needed for Bruce Power to prepare the EIS which will provide a detailed analysis of the potential environmental effects of the proposed project. The Guidelines also list the requirements for a licence to prepare the site.The JRP Agreement establishes how the panel will function and the terms of reference for conducting the environmental assessment and for determining the information required to consider the licence application to prepare a site.
The draft Guidelines and the draft JRP Agreement were subject to public consultation from April 4 to June 18, 2008 and were amended following consideration of the comments received.
Next steps will include the appointment of JRP members, the submission of Bruce Power’s EIS and licensing documentation to the JRP, and a public consultation on the EIS.
The project represents a proposal by Bruce Power Inc. for the site preparation, construction, operation, decommissioning and abandonment of up to four new nuclear reactors at the existing Bruce Nuclear Site, located on the eastern shore of Lake Huron, in the Municipality of Kincardine. The project is expected to generate approximately 4,000 megawatts of electricity to the Ontario grid.
About the Agency:
The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency administers the federal environmental assessment process, which identifies the environmental effects of proposed projects, and the measures to address those effects, in support of sustainable development.
About the CNSC:
The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission regulates the use of nuclear energy and materials to protect the health, safety, and security of Canadians and the environment; and to respect Canada's international commitments on the peaceful use of nuclear energy.
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For more information, media may contact:
Senior Communications Advisor
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
Director, Public Affairs and Media Relations Division
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission