April 11,2005

Final EIS guidelines issued for NS quarry, terminal project

HALIFAX, NS-The joint panel reviewing the Whites Point Quarry and Marine Terminal project in Digby County, Nova Scotia has released the final guidelines for the preparation of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The final EIS guidelines will provide direction to the proponent, Bilcon of Nova Scotia, in preparing a statement describing the anticipated effects of the project on the environment. In addition to sending the guidelines to the proponent, the Panel has asked Bilcon to provide a schedule indicating when it expects to submit its EIS for the project. The final guidelines reflect comments on a draft version received during a public consultation period last fall. Based on this input, the panel restructured the EIS guidelines to make them more specific to the proposed project. "The panel found the public scoping meetings, along with the information gathered, to be extremely valuable in helping to identify the issues," noted panel chair Dr Bob Fournier. After the proponent submits its EIS, the public will be invited to comment on the statement's conformity to the guidelines. Once the Panel has determined the EIS is complete and that no additional information is required, public hearings will be scheduled. The final EIS guidelines are available on the Web sites of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and Nova Scotia Environment and Labour (www.ceaa.gc.ca or www.gov.ns.ca/enla), or from panel manager Steve Chapman, E-mail Comments@WPQ-JointReview.ca.

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