April 19, 2004

Comments invited on environmental report for Trans Labrador Hwy

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Environment and Conservation have made available for public comment a comprehensive study report/environmental impact statement (CSR/EIS) on Phase III of the Trans Labrador Highway construction project.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Transportation and Works (DTW, the proponent) proposes to construct and maintain a two-lane gravel surface highway from Cartwright Junction (87 km south of Cartwright) to Happy Valley-Goose Bay. Construction is expected to be carried out in phases over a six-year period.

The CSR was completed by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), as the responsible federal authority for the project, to meet the requirements of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. In accordance with the provincial Environmental Protection Act, the provincial Minister of Environment and Conservation required an EIS for the project. DTW's CSR/EIS is intended to fulfill the information requirements of both levels of government and has been submitted to the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Environment and Conservation (ENVC), the federal Minister of the Environment and to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency).

The ENVC and the Agency have agreed to co-ordinate jointly the public review of the EIS/CSR and will accept comments between April 6 and May 26, 2004. The CSR/EIS may be viewed on the Newfoundland and Labrador Web site, www.gov.nf.ca/env/. The report and related documents are also available for viewing in Happy Valley-Goose Bay and at Memorial University.

Comments in English or French should be sent to Trans Labrador Highway Project (Phase III), c/o Department of Environment and Conservation/Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, PO Box 8700, St John's, NF A1B 4J6; FAX 709/729-5518, E-mail ekaufhold@gov.nl.ca.

More information is available from Ed Kaufhold, Department of Environment and Conservation, 709/729-0090, (see E-mail address above), or Steve Chapman, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, 613/957-0294, E-mail steve.chapman@ceaa-acee.gc.ca.

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