June 6, 2005

OTTAWA, May 27 /CNW Telbec/

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency today announced the establishment of a $200,000 Participant Funding Program to assist groups and individuals to take part in the panel review of the tar ponds and coke ovens remediation project in Sydney, Nova Scotia. The total funding amount will be made available in two separate phases. Phase I: Up to $50,000 in participant funding is being made available immediately to help the public take part in the review of the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Guidelines. The draft guidelines will be made available in the coming weeks. The EIS Guidelines will serve as a guide for the proponent in preparing a statement of the projected effects of the project on the environment. A funding review committee, independent of the review panel, will consider all applications and recommend allocation of funds to applicants according to the eligibility criteria set out in the Participant Funding Program Guide. Applications received by the Agency by June 17, 2005 will be considered. Successful applicants will be required to sign a contribution agreement with the Agency. Only expenditures incurred following the allocation of funding will be eligible. Phase II: Up to $150,000 will be made available to the public to prepare for and take part in the panel hearings. Information regarding funding applications for Phase II will be announced at a later date. The Participant Funding Program Guide and the application form are available on the Agency's Web site at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca . For more information on the Participant Funding Program, or to submit an application, please contact: Peter Bedrossian Participant Funding Program Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency 160 Elgin Street, 22nd Floor, Ottawa, ON K1A 0H3 Tel.: (613) 957-0254 (Collect calls accepted) peter.bedrossian@ceaa-acee.gc.ca To register as an interested party and to be kept informed of the review panel activities, please provide a full mailing address, an e-mail address and/or a fax number, as applicable, to: Sydney Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens Review P.O. Box 431 Sydney, NS B1P 6H2 E-mail: comments@stpco-review.ca A public notice will be published in the Saturday, May 28, 2005 editions of the Cape Breton Post and the Halifax Chronicle-Herald.

information: media may call: Gordon Harris, Senior

Communications Advisor, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency,

(613) 957-0825, gordon.harris@ceaa-acee.gc.ca

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